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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Review of State Spending: 2014 Update

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt462.pdf

Latest annual report on the growth of Virginia state government spending over the past ten years. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013

Categories: Headlines,Population/Census,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-28.pdf

Provides household and individual level information on computer use and Internet access in the U.S.  Estimates that 78% of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection in 2013 but finds differences in speed of access by demographic characteristics.  From the Census Bureau

 

U.S. and China Announce Important New Actions to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Categories: China,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/12/us-and-china-just-announced-important-new-actions-reduce-carbon-pollution

Presents a summary of actions announced by China and the U.S. to control carbon emissions in the post 2020 period.  From the White House

 

Model Year 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/pdfs/guides/FEG2015.pdf

Provides mileage figures and estimated annual fuel costs from federal testing for makes and models of vehicles.  From the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Crime in the United States 2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Statistics

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013

Violent crime decreased by 4.4% in 2013, while property crimes decreased by 4.1%.  Presents crime statistics from more than 18,000 city, county, state, university and tribal sources.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Climate Change and Dead Zones

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12754/pdf

Investigates the relationship between global warming and oxygen-depleted dead zones in estuaries and coastal zones.  The Chesapeake Bay has been particularly affected by the emergence of such dead zones.  From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

Voter Identification Requirements: Background and Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42806.pdf

Since 2008 more than 30 states have enacted laws relating to voter identification with several containing photo ID requirements.  This report reviews the controversial voter identification measures including arguments for and against such measures, legal and constitutional issues relating to voter ID laws, and voter ID-related legislation in the 113th Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Long-Term Implications of the 2015 Future Years Defense Program

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Headlines

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49483-FDYP.pdf

The congressional budget forecasters’ analysis of the planned five year defense budget, known as the Future Years Defense Program and their projection of its budgetary impact for a decade beyond the period it covers.  In this report, the budgetary impact covers 2015 to 2030.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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