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Daily Digest 1/12 - Good News Friday: Increasing Voter Registration, Blue Sky In Bejing?

Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:01 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

99 Reasons 2017 Was A Great Year (tmn)

And on the 17th November, the WHO said that global deaths from tuberculosis have fallen by 37% since 2000, saving an estimated 53 million lives. These astonishing achievements were of course, reported by every media outlet on the planet.

Seeking ways to get more voters registered and casting ballots (sv)

“We are not changing any of the rigor around who can vote,” he said. “You have to be 18, you have to live in Washington state, you have to be a citizen. What we are changing is the process to make it easier for people to get into the system.”

Another goal of the bill package is increase the number of officials chosen by districts in Washington, rather than through at-large elections.

Vermont Senate passes recreational marijuana bill, governor expected to sign (sv)

"Now that yet another state has rejected marijuana prohibition, there is even more pressure for Congress to take action to prevent any federal interference from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It's time for the federal government to respect the authority of states to determine their own marijuana policies,” he added.

>North Carolina Is Ordered to Redraw Its Congressional Map (sv)

The ruling and its chief demand — that the Republican-dominated Legislature create a new landscape of congressional districts by Jan. 24 — infused new turmoil into the political chaos that has in recent years enveloped North Carolina. President Trump carried North Carolina in 2016, but the state elected a Democrat as its governor on the same day and in 2008 supported President Barack Obama.

Wal-Mart Raises Hourly Wage to $11 in Wake of Tax Overhaul (jdargis)

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, has fought in recent years to improve its image in the U.S., as it weathered criticism over its treatment of employees. With the wage increase and bonus payment, the company seeks to even its pay gap with resurgent rival Target Corp., while simultaneously sending a high-profile thank you to the U.S. government for slashing the corporate tax rate.

Facebook overhauls News Feed in favor of 'meaningful social interactions' (tmn)

Facebook was slow to acknowledge the legitimacy of those concerns, with Zuckerberg notoriously dismissing the idea that propaganda and fake news impacted the US presidential election as “pretty crazy” in late 2016. But the company changed its tune in fall 2017, after it acknowledged that a Russian influence operation had purchased $100,000 worth of ads promoting politically divisive content in the lead up to the election.

A Blue Sky in Beijing? It’s Not a Fluke, Says Greenpeace (jdargis)

The advocacy group says air quality has drastically improved in several northeastern Chinese cities, but regions far from the capital have not seen the same results.

Mountain Gorillas At Home (jdargis)

Conservation efforts in recent years appear to have encouraging results, as the mountain gorilla population has grown from a low point in the early 1980s, when only about 254 were counted in the Virunga Mountains. The work to protect the gorillas involves a combination of supporting the neighboring communities, the promotion of responsible tourism, and active protection against poaching.

Gold & Silver

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