The Charleston Gazette and NPR have together filed a legal motion with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to open up records related to the merger of Alpha Natural Resources and Massey Energy, the company that operated the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, where 29 mine workers died in a massive explosion in April 2010.
Migrant workers hand pick Vidalia onions in Georgia. The vegetable is too delicate to be harvested with machines.
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Georgia is putting in place a new law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants, and many across the state are nervous. Businesses fear an economic boycott, the Latino community fears police officers will abuse their new powers and farmers in South Georgia fear the law will hurt them dramatically.
Georgia is known for its peaches and Vidalia onions, the state vegetable. The specialty crop is produced in just a few counties in the rural southeast part of the state, where the soil is just right.
As recently as two weeks ago, Gary Vollmer was absolutely certain that on May 21, 2011, God would send devastating earthquakes, raise believers to heaven in the "rapture," and then destroy the world five months later. Now that it hasn't happened, Vollmer is unfazed.
"God is God, God's going to do what he has to do," he says.
True, he says, believers got some of the details wrong. But the thrust of the message is right.
A judge in New York City just set bail at $1 million and ordered home detention for former International Monetary Fund Director Dominque Strauss-Kahn, who has been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in Manhattan last weekend.
The Associated Press and Reuters say Strauss-Kahn has also been placed under round-the-clock detention, in the U.S., with electronic monitoring.