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Secrecy Report Card 2010: Indicators of Secrecy in the Federal Government

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Statistics

http://www.openthegovernment.org/otg/SecrecyRC_2010.pdf

Reveals that the number of original classification decisions decreased by 10% over the previous year and that Freedom of Information Act backlogs were reduced by 40%.  Covers the last three months of the Bush Administration and the first 9 months of the Obama Administration.  From OpenTheGovernment.org, a private group.

JFCOM Economic Impact Brief No. 4

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://hrpdc.org/Documents/Economics/2010/JFCOM_Economic_Impact_Brief_No_4.pdf

Focuses on which economic sectors will suffer the most from consumption changes from a possible JFCOM closure.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Recommendation for ABC Privatization Unveiled

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Govt Finance,Headlines,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://www.reform.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=361

Press release which outlines details of proposal from Governor’s staff for privatization of liquor sales in Virginia.  Expects to raise $500 million for Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank mostly  through auctioning off 1,000 retail licenses to the highest bidders.  From the Governor’s Office.

Vital Signs: Nonsmokers‘ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke: United States, 1999-2008

Categories: Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e0907a2.htm?s_cid=mm59e0907a2_x

Reports that exposure to secondhand smoke has declined in the U.S. over the study period but that progress in reducing exposure has slowed and disparities in exposure exist.  88 million nonsmokers are exposed in the U.S. with children in the household of a smoker among the most exposed.  .  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged 18 Years or Older, United States, 2009

Categories: Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e0907a1.htm?s_cid=mm59e0907a1_x

Full length article which reports that 20.6% of U.S. adults 18 and older were current cigarette smokers in 2009 and that 31% of adults below the federal poverty level were cigarette smokers.  Also covers other characteristics of smokers and the implications for public health.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Decline in U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Stalled

Categories: Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100907.htm

Press release which reports that 1 in 5 American adults continue to smoke cigarettes despite the known dangers of tobacco use, and 4 in 10 nonsmokers were exposed to cigarette smoke during 2007-2008.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Consequences of Banking Crises for Public Debt

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Statistics

http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/displaydocumentpdf?cote=eco/wkp%282010%2957&doclanguage=en

Uses a survey of 154 countries from 1980 to 2006 to show that banking crises are associated with a significant  and long-lasting increase in government debt.  From the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

National Organic Program Handbook

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/NOPProgramHandbook

Provides guidance for those who own, manage, or certify organic agricultural operations to assist them in complying with the National Organic Program regulations.  From the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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