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Use of Gassing Challenged in North Carolinanew

As state policymakers propose tightening restrictions on the use of carbon monoxide gas to put homeless companion animals to death, opponents of the practice say it is inhumane under any circumstances.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  08-09-2007  |  Animal Issues

Living Green: Get Off the Bottlenew

Americans throw away 60 million plastic bottles each day, most of which wind up in landfills.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  07-26-2007  |  Environment

Biotech or Biohazard?new

A proposed federal lab in Butner, N.C., would study the world's deadliest diseases.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  07-26-2007  |  Science

Capping Greenhouse Gasesnew

Durham unveils report and plans to curb global warming.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  07-05-2007  |  Environment

Committee Passes Energy Bill in North Carolinanew

Groups say utilities' influence weakens proposed law.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  06-28-2007  |  Politics

Smithfield Foods' Extreme Makeovernew

The world's largest hog slaughterhouse tears a page from the Wal-Mart PR playbook with its recent TV ads touting the perks of working there: Health benefits, dental insurance and college scholarships.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  05-31-2007  |  Business & Labor

Living Green: Organic Trash, Garden Treasurenew

Instead of tossing those tough asparagus stems or the seemingly endless mounds of pine straw, consider composting.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  05-03-2007  |  Commentary

GOP Leaders Look to Rebound Before '08new

Conservatives gather in Raleigh and deviate from the party line.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  05-03-2007  |  Politics

Living Green: Get Reelnew

What's the greenest way to mow your lawn?
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  04-26-2007  |  Commentary

In North Carolina, Insider Meetings Shape Energy Lawsnew

The Energy Issues Working Group, a "605" group with little public scrutiny, includes lobbyists of all stripes and state agency employees.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  04-19-2007  |  Politics

The Big Pig: Smithfield Packingnew

The world's largest hog processor wants to grow even larger -- will the problems it creates for farmers, workers and the environment grow with it?
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg and Bob Geary  |  04-05-2007  |  Business & Labor

Tyrone Hayes on Discovering Atrazine's Risksnew

When agribusiness giant Sygenta commissioned biologist Tyrone Hayes to study the effects of atrazine, it got more than it bargained for.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  03-15-2007  |  Environment

'The VA is Waiting for Us to Die'new

Vietnam veteran David Best battles a system stacked against him.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  03-15-2007  |  War

Addressing Nuances of Executionsnew

The furor over the death penalty continued last week with a bill introduced to the State Senate to form a 15-member legislative study committee to review North Carolina's lethal injection procedure.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  02-16-2007  |  Crime & Justice

The Progressive Prescriptionnew

How the General Assembly can cure the North Carolina's biggest ills.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  01-25-2007  |  Politics

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