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Texas homeland security grants pay for latrine on wheels

In the years after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Texas has grabbed at least $1.7 billion in federal Homeland Security grants, with large chunks of the money spent to beef up law enforcement communication and border security.

But a Star-Telegram examination of thousands of purchases also found a hodgepodge of spending, some of which might have taxpayers scratching their heads: a $21 fish tank in Seguin, a $24,000 latrine on wheels in Fort Worth, and a real pork project — a hog catcher in Liberty County.

Worker safety push wanes, 20 years after chicken plant fire

HAMLET, N.C. — Nothing focused more scrutiny on the safety of North Carolina workers than the 1991 chicken plant fire that killed 25 people in Hamlet.

It was the worst industrial accident in state history. At a plant that had never been inspected by state OSHA officials, workers died struggling to get out of doors that had been locked to prevent the theft of chicken nuggets

In Labor Movement, A Rising Female Leader

On this Labor Day, roughly 12 percent of Americans are labor union members, as compared to 20 percent in the early 1980s. Amid economic uncertainty, unions strive to keep those they represent employed — all by agreeing to contracts loaded with concessions. This is a criticism lobbed at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Sandy Pope is the first woman to run for president of the Teamsters Union. She speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about her work toward empowering labor unions.

REPORT: The American Middle Class Was Built By Unions And It Will Decline Without Them

On [a] day that is set aside to celebrate the American laborer, Americans should recall the many benefits that organized labor have provided our country

Cheney Won’t Take Anything Back, Laughs At War Crimes Accusation

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, continuing his “heads exploding” book tour, pushed back against criticisms of his book by former Secretary of State Colin Powell that the book contained, “cheap shots that he’s taking at me and other members of the Administration who served to the best of our ability for President Bush.”

As military struggles with suicides, a push for seeking help

A Washington state social worker is circulating a petition urging federal lawmakers and the military to adopt a policy declaring that service members shouldn’t be punished if they seek help for behavioral health issues, such as post-traumatic stress.

White House Puts Irene’s Federal Cost At $1.5 Billion

The White House estimated on Monday that Hurricane Irene will cost federal taxpayers $1.5 billion in disaster relief, further ballooning a government account that was already the focus of fresh partisan friction between President Obama and Congress.

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