By Natasha Khan and Alexandra Kanik | PublicSource | March 2, 2015
In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.5 million people are in potential danger if a train carrying crude oil derails and catches fire, according to a PublicSource analysis.
That is about one in every nine Pennsylvanians.
2014 was the year heroin became an epidemic. In Pennsylvania, emergency rooms, courtrooms and jails were filled with heroin addicts. Hundreds of community members showed up at town hall meetings and parents who lost children to overdoses started support groups. Pennsylvania joined dozens of states in approving the use of an antidote - naloxone - for overdoses.
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First responders who tackled the fiery derailment of CSX tank cars filled with crude oil in Mount Carbon, W.Va., on Feb. 16, used strategies learned from rail disasters dating back to the 1970s and recent training they received from railroads, according to McClatchy Newspapers.
An overhaul of the national five-star rating system for nursing homes has knocked several Pennsylvania facilities down a notch.
After years of granting few compassionate releases from prison, federal prison officials have increased the number of inmates granted the releases. They’ve also increased denials.
Utah’s innovative program of finding and building apartment buildings where the homeless can live permanently has been a major factor in a 72 percent drop in homelessness over the past nine years, according to Mother Jones.
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