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Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes right-to-work legislation

Gov. Jay NixonDemocratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Thursday that would have made Missouri the 26th right-to-work state, and it's unclear whether proponents will be able to muster enough support in the Republican-led Legislature to override the veto.

The governor, a longtime opponent of the effort, traveled to the Kansas City area to announce the veto among about 200 local United Auto Workers union members near a Ford assembly plant. The bill would have barred workplace contracts that require all employees— even those who aren't union members — to pay union fees.


Released from prison, anti-nuclear activist nun Megan Rice speaks out

Megan RiceMegan Rice, an 85-year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2012, along with fellow anti-nuclear activists Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, was charged with sabotage and damaging federal property and spent about two years in federal prison. They were released on May 16 after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned thei

r sabotage convictions while upholding their convictions for the less serious crime of injury to government property and ordering the original court to resentence them on the lesser crime. None of them regret their actions, and they remain devoted to their cause. "We accomplished what we set out to do." Walli said. In an interview with Al Jazeera America in Queens, New York, on June 3, Rice reflects on her work.


SF gentrification pushes lower-income residents into radioactive areas

SF gentrificationThe Hunters Point Shipyard and its annex at Treasure Island were once used to clean boats returning from nuclear-weapons testing in the Pacific. Now they will soon be the sites of much-needed affordable housing stock in a city where high demand and speculation have produced explosive gentrification and displacement.

Renderings for the new neighborhoods are attractively designed, picturing modern shopping areas, parks with eco-friendly low-water shrubs, and the pièce de résistance: sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.


Filthy water and shoddy sewers plague Alabama's Black Belt counties

Black Belt AlabamaRain makes Charlie Mae Martin Holcombe nervous. First, her toilets start to bubble. Then, if Holcombe sees a bright red light flash on across the street, she knows the city sewer system is going to back up, filling her yard with raw sewage.

“When the weather man goes to talking about bad storms, you worry sick that everything is going to flood up. [Sewage] was coming back in my bathtub one time. I broke down crying,” Holcombe explained.


Wikileaks Drops Another Damning Trove Of Secret Trade Deal Documents

WikileaksThe latest trove of secret trade documents released by Wikileaks is offering opponents of the massive deals currently being crafted by the Obama administration more fodder to show that such agreements can impact United States laws and regulations.

The latest leak purports to include 17 documents from negotiations on the Trade In Services Agreement, a blandly named trade deal that would cover the United States, the European Union and more than 20 other countries. More than 80 percent of the United States economy is in service sectors.


Gun Nuts: Arm the Mentally Ill!

gun nutsWhat a week it’s been for the Second Amendment. For starters, noted political philosopher Vince Vaughn said firearms should be available like they’re in candy machines at our nation’s schools. Probably because you never know when you’ll have to engage in pitched battle with Dean Pritchard to keep your frat house on campus.

OK, that’s not the actual reason, but his regurgitation of pretty much every inane—and wrong!—talking point he seems to have snorted off the National Rifle Association looking glass is no less fictitious.


Pentagon finds third batch of active anthrax

PentagonA third “master batch” of anthrax has been discovered at a U.S. military lab in Utah, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

The batch was found as part of an investigation launched after it was revealed last week that the Defense Department had unwittingly shipped live anthrax spores, which were supposed to have been dead or inactive, to multiple laboratories across the country and internationally.


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