Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press Updated 5:40 pm PDT, Monday, May 6, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, Oregon Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., left, Senate Democratic Leader Ginny Burdick and Senate President Peter Courtney speak to the media at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Baertschiger told reporters Monday, May 6, 2019 that Senate Republicans in Oregon have fled Salem to avoid a Tuesday vote on a $1 billion per-year funding package for schools. They oppose the proposed half a percent tax on businesses with sales over $1 million. less FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, Oregon Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., left, Senate Democratic Leader Ginny Burdick and Senate President Peter Courtney speak to the media at the ... more Photo: Andrew Selsky, AP … [Read more...] about Ore. Republicans to shut down Senate over tax on businesses
Updated 5:04 pm PST, Friday, March 1, 2019 In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2019, protest signs lay abandoned outside the state capitol in Salem, Ore. Hundreds of parents came to oppose a proposal to tighten vaccination requirements among schoolchildren. The move comes as a Washington community just over the Oregon border works to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 65 people. less In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2019, protest signs lay abandoned outside the state capitol in Salem, Ore. Hundreds of parents came to oppose a proposal to tighten vaccination requirements among schoolchildren. ... more Photo: Sarah Zimmerman, AP Photo: Sarah Zimmerman, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2019, protest signs lay abandoned outside the … [Read more...] about Amid measles outbreak, Ore. eyes vaccine requirements
For nearly 20 years, a trio of 5-gallon (19 liters) paint buckets sat near the taxidermy exhibit at Grand Canyon National Park's museum collections building. Those buckets, it turns out, weren't holding paint — they were actually loaded up with uranium ore, a naturally occurring rock rich in uranium that gives off potentially dangerous radiation. Elston "Swede" Stephenson, a health and wellness manager at the park's South Rim, recently described the uranium find and subsequent "cover-up" in a series of email blasts to Congress, his fellow National Park Service employees and the staff of The Arizona Republic newspaper. [Soviets Hid Nuclear Bunkers in Poland's Forests (Photos)] Stephenson warned that thousands of employees, tourists and school groups who visited the exhibit between 2000 and 2018 were likely "exposed" to dangerous amounts of radiation, especially groups of kids who sat for 30-minute presentations in the uranium's vicinity. These children may have been exposed to … [Read more...] about Huge Open Buckets of Uranium Ore Found at Grand Canyon? Totally Fine, Experts Say.
Since the news broke that three buckets of uranium ore sat in a Grand Canyon museum for years, alarm has been spreading about the radiation “cover-up.” But it’s tough to figure out exactly how dangerous the uranium truly was to visitors and staff. The buckets had been sitting next to a taxidermy exhibit at the National Park Service’s Grand Canyon Museum Collection, a location where groups of schoolchildren stopped on tours, according to The Arizona Republic. After a visitor with a Geiger counter discovered them, they were moved to a hallway, and eventually their contents were dumped in an old uranium mine, whistleblower Elston “Swede” Stephenson told The Arizona Republic. Stephenson did not reply to a message on LinkedIn; the museum told The Verge to contact Emily Davis at the National Park Service, and Davis did not respond to emailed or phone inquiries. Uranium ore is a naturally occurring rock with a high concentration of uranium, which gives off … [Read more...] about That uranium ore found at a Grand Canyon museum isn’t as scary as it sounds
Rio Tinto has completed the rollout of its automated rail network in the Pilbara, Western Australia, which is the first heavy-haul, long distance autonomous rail operation in the world. The $940 million rail project, titled AutoHaul, focuses on automating trains to transport iron between Rio Tinto's various port facilities in Pilbara, Western Australia. The mining giant gained approval from the National Safety Regulator in May to test its autonomous fleet of trains in Western Australia and conducted its first automated mine-to-port delivery of iron ore in July. Since completing its first delivery of iron ore via the AutoHaul project in July last year, the mining giant has steadily increased the number of autonomous journey across its iron ore operations in Western Australia. According to Rio Tinto, over 1 million kilometres have been travelled autonomously throughout the duration of the AutoHaul project. Rio Tinto began implementing automation into its business over a decade ago, … [Read more...] about Rio Tinto completes rollout of world-first autonomous iron ore rail operation