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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Tobacco Product Use Among Adults: United States, 2012-2013

Categories: Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Finds that significant declines in cigarette smoking over the past 5 decades have declined in recent years and the prevalence of use of other types of smoking products have not changed.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Energy Boom and Manufacturing in the United States

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Manufacturing,Prices/Inflation

Examines the response of U.S. manufacturers to changes in competitiveness due to natural gas prices. Finds the drop in natural gas prices since 2006 accounts for a 2% to 3% increase in manufacturing activity.  From the Federal Reserve


The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond

Categories: Energy,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Transportation

The Renewable Fuel Standard establishes minimum volumes of various types of renewable fuels that must be included in U.S. supplies of fuel for transportation.  This report analyzes how the rising amounts of renewable fuels required by the law would affect food and fuel prices and GHG emissions in 3 different 2017 scenarios.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Harris v. Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Categories: Headlines,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Supreme Court/courts


5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that some state workers in certain activities cannot be required to pay dues to cover a union’s cost of collective bargaining.  The decision affecting home health care workers in Illinois undercuts a 1977 ruling that localities do have the power to require such payments from school employees.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

Categories: Business/Economics,Headlines,Health Insurance,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that some corporations may refuse to offer insurance coverage of some services if they conflict with the owner’s religious beliefs.   From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Eastern United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Science/Technology

Reports that forests, wetlands, and farms in the eastern U.S. naturally store 300 million tons of carbon per year or 15% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions each year.  Completes the national biological carbon assessment for ecosystems in the lower 48 states—a national inventory of the capacity of land and aquatic ecosystems to store or sequester carbon.  From the Geological Survey


Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities: Annual Statistics for Calendar Year 2013

Categories: Headlines,Spying/Intelligence


First ever report from the federal government on its sensitive foreign intelligence-gathering efforts.  Covers frequency of use of various intelligence surveillance authorities and the estimated number of targets.  Follows a presidential  executive order  to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain intelligence programs.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Virginia’s Regions

Categories: Education,Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Regional demographic and socio-economic profiles of eight regions of Virginia.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


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