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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Oil Budget Calculator: Deepwater Horizon Technical Documentation

Categories: Energy,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/OilBudgetCalc_Full_HQ-Print_111110.pdf

Describes the creation of a special tool to estimate the volume of oil released from the Deepwater Horizon well and the short-term fate of that oil. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Strategies to Increase Seat Belt Use: An Analysis of Levels of Fines and the Type of Law

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/occupant_protection/pdf/811413.pdf

Reports that strengthening laws requiring seat belt use resulted in a 10-12%  increase in observed seat belt use, a higher increase than when fines for failure to use seat belts were raised.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

New Member Pictorial Directory: 112th Congress

Categories: Congress

http://origin.www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PICTDIR-NEW-112/pdf/GPO-PICTDIR-NEW-112.pdf

Pictures of the newly elected members of Congress.  Information includes date of birth, education, occupation, and political career.  Includes candidates for eight contests that were undecided when publication was prepared.  From GPO Access

Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Changes to the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation to Ensure Visitation Rights for all Patients

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Sex Issues

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-29194.pdf

Final rule for Medicare/Medicaid program which protects patients’ rights to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay including a same-sex domestic partner. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Economic Downturn Widespread Among States in 2009

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/2010/pdf/gsp1110.pdf

Reports that real gross national product declined in 38 states in 2009, with greatest declines in durable goods manufacturing and construction sectors.  Delaware had the highest per capita GDP and Mississippi the lowest. Virginia ranked 9th.   From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

Fact Sheet: An Enduring Commitment to the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

Categories: Defense/Military,Nuclear Arms

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/17/fact-sheet-enduring-commitment-us-nuclear-deterrent

Describes U.S. plans to invest more than $85 billion over the next decade to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.  From the White House

Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2010 Edition

Categories: Business/Economics,Ireland,Labor/Employment,Statistics

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/statistical_yearbook_ireland_2010.htm

Documents the economic troubles in Ireland with unemployment doubling between 2008 and 2009 and a 10% drop in gross national product.  From the Central Statistics Office of Ireland.

Sudan: The Crisis in Darfur and Status of the North-South Peace Agreement

Categories: Africa,Elections/Campaigns,Sudan

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL33574_20101008.pdf

Describes recent developments in Sudan, especially the April 2010 elections and the withdrawal of most presidential candidates and opposition parties.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org

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