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  • Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Senate leaders decided to scrap a 1,900-page omnibus spending bill that contained $8 billion in home state spending projects – otherwise known as earmarks, pet projects, or "pork." Government spending and the deficit became an issue in the midterm election, and lawmakers are keenly aware of voter anger about large, catch-all bills that are quickly passed. The following senators have been ranked by the monetary value of earmarks they backed, whether alone or with others, in the now-scuttled omnibus spending bill. The earmark process became more transparent with the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which required creation of a database of all government spending. The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense used the database to compile this ranking. Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma, who co-sponsored the legislation, also has a list of the disclosed earmarks in the omnibus bill on his website. *This is the amount requested both alone and with other members of Congress.

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  • Lawrence Guyot, civil rights leader, dies after decades of activism

    Lawrence Guyot, a 73-year-old civil rights activist who survived beatings and went to prison in Mississippi in the 60s, died late Thursday night. Guyot was a long-time advocate of voter rights.

  • What if we could predict tornadoes a month out? Scientists make strides.

    Scientists have only a fledging ability now, but a new approach to prediction could eventually allow forecasters to identify portions of states facing high risk for tornadoes in an upcoming month.

  • Crazy ants invading US Gulf coast region

    Crazy ants invading US Gulf coast region

    Crazy ants of a hairy variety are finding their way into the southern United States, from Texas to Florida. These crazy ants, known for their swarming, can even shut down local industry.

  • South's 'extreme drought' could be felt at supermarkets soon

    South's 'extreme drought' could be felt at supermarkets soon

    The price of beef is set to skyrocket in the fall as a cattle shortage takes shape. Pastures are dying from the drought and ranchers are selling their cattle rather than buying costly feed.

  • Mississippi flooding drowns crops and casinos: What's the economic toll?

    Mississippi flooding drowns crops and casinos: What's the economic toll?

    The economic toll of the Mississippi River flooding has yet to be calculated, as the crest pushes past Memphis towards New Orleans, but is expected to run in the billions.

  • Tornado outbreak is possibly the deadliest in 37 years

    Tornado outbreak is possibly the deadliest in 37 years

    The nation's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., reports that tornadoes this year have already claimed more lives than all of last year, possibly making this the deadliest tornado outbreak since the 1974.

  • 'Dixie Alley' as dangerous as the better-known Tornado Alley, say scientists

    'Dixie Alley' as dangerous as the better-known Tornado Alley, say scientists

    As storms ravage the South, a recent study suggests that Dixie Alley may just be an extension of its better-known neighbor Tornado Alley, putting much of the eastern US at an 'elevated' risk for tornadoes.

  • Man with golden voice: A great story, but does it help cause of homeless?

    Man with golden voice: A great story, but does it help cause of homeless?

    The Cinderella story of Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice, is bringing hard-to-find attention to the cause of the homeless. 'Homelessness is not sexy,' says a Skid Row center official.

  • Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Senate leaders decided to scrap a 1,900-page omnibus spending bill that contained $8 billion in home state spending projects – otherwise known as earmarks, pet projects, or "pork." Government spending and the deficit became an issue in the midterm election, and lawmakers are keenly aware of voter anger about large, catch-all bills that are quickly passed. The following senators have been ranked by the monetary value of earmarks they backed, whether alone or with others, in the now-scuttled omnibus spending bill. The earmark process became more transparent with the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which required creation of a database of all government spending. The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense used the database to compile this ranking. Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma, who co-sponsored the legislation, also has a list of the disclosed earmarks in the omnibus bill on his website. *This is the amount requested both alone and with other members of Congress.

  • Food safety: 'Made in China' attracts the long arm of the FDA

    Food safety: 'Made in China' attracts the long arm of the FDA

    With only two inspectors in China, the FDA has little food-safety enforcement power but definite influence on food made in China for import to the US.