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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan

Categories: Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that the First Amendment Rights of a legislator are not violated by state ethics laws that require recusal from voting on an issue in which he/she has a monetary interest. The case involved a local official who voted for a hotel/casino project by a company that employed a  friend and former campaign manager.  From


Pentagon Papers

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Vietnam

40 years after they were leaked to the press by Daniel Ellsberg, the U.S. Government has finally released the  complete Pentagon Papers, the Defense Department study of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.  About 34% of the report was not previously available.  From the National Archives


Solid Waste Managed in Virginia During Calendar Year 2010

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

Annual report on the amount of solid waste managed in Virginia in 2010 and the amounts and sources generated outside the state.  The amount received at Virginia facilities increased by about 146,000 tons from 2009.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Health/Medical

Examines the current state of scientific understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor environments and public health.  Concludes that climate change can create indoor environmental problems and outlines specific ways to prevent or reduce negative health effects.  From the Institute of Medicine


Hampton Roads Data Book 2011

Latest annual compilation of statistics on population, income, employment, retail sales, real estate, tourism, port activity, transportation, tax collections, and quality of life for Hampton Roads.   From the Hampton Roads Plan District Commission


The Role of Interchange Fees on Debit and Credit Card Transactions in the Payments System

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Business/Economics

Examines the controversies behind interchange fees, the fees charged to merchants when processing credit or debit card transactions.  Looks at the trends, mechanics, and economic role of interchange fees.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Identifying Systemically Important Financial Institutions

Categories: Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations

The Dodd-Frank Act requires regulators to extend a variety of requirements to nonbank financial institutions that are considered “systemically important.”  This report discusses suggested approaches for determining which institutions are systemically important.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2010

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Reports that 3 out of 10 American homes have only wireless telephone service.  One of every six American homes received all or most calls on wireless phones despite having a landline phone.  This report presents the most up-to-date estimates concerning the size and characteristics of these populations   From the National Center for Health Statistics


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