Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The latest on the 6th District congressional race

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Supreme Court verdict on DOMA

Read the full text of the decision that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Mines in Pa.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection now has an online mine map, showing where underground mines are located.

Over a period of more than 10 years, DEP has identified and scanned in excess of 15,000 hard copy mine maps. To date, approximately half of those scanned maps have been geographically located on the earth’s surface using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, a process known as “georeferencing”.

Maps are continuously being scanned into high-resolution images, georeferenced and added to the atlas; more than 40,000 have yet to be scanned.

 The atlas features enhanced search tools and views and allows users to download and print maps. Another important feature of the Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas is its ability to measure the distance from a mine to a specific structure. This function will help identify homes and other structures at risk for mine subsidence -- ground movement caused by the collapse of old, abandoned mines. If the atlas shows that a home sits on or in close proximity to an undermined area, Mine Subsidence Insurance (MSI) is recommended. MSI protects property owners from damage caused by mine subsidence, which is typically excluded from home owners’ insurance policies.

 The map atlas can be found at www.paminemaps.psu.edu.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 Election Story Round Up

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Philadelphia Grand Jury Report on Dr. Kermit Gosnell

Below is the grand jury report from the First Judicial District of Philadelphia on the practices of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic. Gosnell was put on trial following the release of the report and convicted of first-degree murder in the death of three viable babies born at the clinic as well as manslaughter for the death of a clinic patient.
For more on the conviction, click here.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

How much do treatment costs vary between local hospitals

The federal government released a report Wednesday, May 8, showing that costs for the same treatments varied widely between different hospitals in the same state and even the same city.
Below is the cost data collected on hospitals in Pennsylvania, among them Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Phoenixville Hospital and Reading Hospital and Medical Center. You can search for hospitals by facility name or search the type of treatment. Not all operations or treatments available at area hospitals were looked at and will not be on the list.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Limerick Watch

Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station

Perhaps few things are more regulated by the federal government than nuclear power plants.

And one thing you can sure about government regulations is that they tend to generate an awful lot of documents.

Sorting through the documents generated by a nuclear generation station can be confusing at best, even to reporters familiar with the agencies, web sites and contents.

With the presence of Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station in our community, actions and documents generated by and for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that may related to the Limerick nuclear plant are of particular interest to Mercury readers.

To help keep track of the documents relevant to Mercury news stories, and to provide links for readers who want more information, we began posting those documents on a service called "Document Cloud."

It occurred to us that the community might like access to those collected documents and not just to those to which we provide links in stories.

So we created a folder called "Limerick Watch" where all those documents are collected and available for public viewing.

Some have been re-named by the reporter using them and the folder is anything but complete, but we figured, why wait?

We intend to add older documents as time permits, and to update it with new documents as they become available and relevant.

In the meantime, we have embedded them here in this blog for easy access.

We have also embedded a timeline of Mercury stories about the Limerick plant, particularly as they relate to earthquakes, begun in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and which readers can use to search previous stories.

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