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Voters To Weigh In On Fracking In Colorado

A contentious and costly battle is taking shape in Colorado around the practice of hydraulic fracturing. In November, four communities will vote on local ballot issues seeking to limit or ban fracking. A similar measure is on the ballot in Ohio. Proponents say they're worried about health and environmental effects of the practice.
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Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Commentator Frank DeFord has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.
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Hotel Construction Booms Across U.S.

Hotels are finally having a good year. As the economy has slowly improved, more people are traveling. But more heads on pillows means higher prices — especially since new hotel construction has been on hold for years. Now developers are pushing hotel projects across the country.
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California City Faces Off Against Hot Sauce Factory

The Asian chili garlic sauce Sriracha is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. But dozens of Irwindale, Calif., residents have complained about the spicy smell coming from the Huy Fong factory there. Residents say the smell is causing headaches and eye and throat irritation. The city has gone to court to try to halt production until a solution is found.
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Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young

Social Security accounts for about 20 percent of federal spending. As Congress edges toward having to come up with a new spending plan, one argument in favor of cuts is that Social Security amounts to a huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old.
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For Somali Immigrants, All Politics Really Is Local

Minneapolis is home to the largest population of Somali Americans in the nation. Next week, they may see one of their own elected to the City Council for the first time.
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Community Supported Canning Gets Locavores Through Winter

Farmers and small processors are marketing local canned and dry goods under the CSA model. They call small batch food processing "back-breaking work." But many of them are in it to build their local food economy.
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Alabama Agrees To Permanently Gut Immigration Law

Opponents of Alabama's strict immigration law are declaring victory Tuesday, as the state agrees not to pursue key provisions of a measure critics called an endorsement of racial profiling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's appeal of a ruling that effectively blocked the law.
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Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency

The state says the for-profit agency is not licensed to operate in the state. The agency has said that because its online ads don't originate in Illinois, it is not bound by the state's law. Still, the move could test the Internet's expanding reach in this sensitive area.
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Insurance Cancellations Elbow Out Website Woes At Health Hearing

For Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, the big question was not why isn't the HealthCare.gov website working. It was why are people being told their insurance is being cancelled when President Obama said they can keep it, no matter what. Administration officials said the new coverage will be better.

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