Boxer Doubts Passage of Bipartisan TSCA Reform Bill Without Overhaul

Posted: June 19, 2013   Senate environment committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says the bipartisan bill reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), has no chance of passage without a significant overhaul, casting doubt on the measure’s prospects.   The bill, S. […]

Father’s Day Heart of the Treasure Valley: ‘Magnify How Beautiful You Can Be’

Don Wilkins wasn’t altogether sure he wanted to be a father. He’s kind of a free-spirited businessman, and children might have interrupted the comfortable lifestyle he and his wife had created. Too many things could go wrong with kids. He says: “So a lot of thought went into that (decision), and it wasn’t an accident. […]

Woman, Residents Believe Cancer Linked to Santa Susana Field Laboratory

  Cancer has darkened Sue Brigham’s door so many times, she wonders if bad luck runs through her family’s veins. There was the infiltrating ductal carcinoma her mom fought in 1998, the total prostatectomy her dad endured, and the stage 3 ovarian cancer that her sister survived with surgery and chemo. Her niece was diagnosed […]

Watchdog: VA Bureaucrats Fiddle While Camp Lejeune Veterans Die

First of a three-part series Jim Watters was among the fewest of the few when he testified in Congress that poisoned water at Camp Lejeune was killing Marines, and that they were victims of “friendly fire” by federal agencies that refused to admit it. After years of denials, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally acknowledged […]

Childhood Neighbors Battling Brain Tumors a Sign of Bigger Problem?

    SANDY — As children they played together, growing up in the same Sandy neighborhood. Now three women, all in their early 30s, are fighting the same deadly brain tumor. “The first thing that went through my head (was), ‘I can’t have a brain tumor, I’m a mom,’ ” said Julie Penrod, who now […]

Clyde, Ohio, ‘Cancer Cluster’ Families Pay for Toxicity Tests of Their Homes

Families of children who became mysteriously sick in the so-called “cancer cluster” of Clyde, Ohio, have hired a private environmental engineer to test for toxic residue in their homes. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation previously found dangerous compounds in the soil of a nearby area, but a direct link to the children’s illnesses has not been established. […]

After Nearly 30 Years, Camp Lejeune Coming Clean

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Purple wildflowers sprout in abundance around the bright-yellow pipe, one of several jutting from the sandy soil in this unassuming patch of grass and mud. A dirty hose runs from the pipe to an idling truck and into a large tank labeled, “NON-POTABLE WATER.” This is the former […]

Triumph and Sadness: Teen Finally Gets Diploma, Cancer Comes Back

  BOISE — A Boise teen who fought inoperable brain cancer and graduated from high school is facing devastating news — the cancer is back. Last year, we brought you the incredible story of 19-year-old Haylee Winters. Haylee had been battling brain cancer, and was just a few credits shy of graduating from Timberline High. […]

Frank Lautenberg, 5-Term Senator From New Jersey and Supporter of Trevor’s Law, Dies at 89

    Frank R. Lautenberg, who fought the alcohol and tobacco industries and promoted Amtrak as a five-term United States senator from New Jersey, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 89. The cause was complications of viral pneumonia, his office said. In 2010, it announced that he had stomach cancer. Though he and his […]