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Hurricane Ike Claims Eight Lives, Millions Without Power

Hurricane Ike Claims Eight Lives, Millions Without Power

AUSTIN, Texas, September 14, 2008 (ENS) – The center of Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, Texas at 2 am Saturday and moved inland across the Galveston-Houston area, knocking out power, water and sewer services, toppling trees and damaging buildings. The hurricane has claimed eight lives to date, five in Texas, two in Louisiana and one…

Supreme Court Rejects Environmentalists' Border Fence Case

Supreme Court Rejects Environmentalists' Border Fence Case

WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today decided not to hear a plea by two environmental groups to limit the Bush administration’s power to waive laws in order to construct a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. In April, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that he was waiving 36 federal…

Residents Escape Tornado-Stricken Superfund Mining Town

Residents Escape Tornado-Stricken Superfund Mining Town

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 21, 2008 (ENS) – Already living with lead dust from piles of mine waste, residents of the mining town at the center of one of America’s largest Superfund sites were hit by a tornado that swept across northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri on May 10. Now nothing is left of the…