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Wed September 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Portland, Ore., Becomes Latest Fluoride Battleground

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 3:58 pm

Demonstrator China Starshine holds up signs outside of City Hall in Portland last week.
Ross William Hamilton The Oregonian/AP

Over jeers and cheers from the audience, commissioners on the Portland, Ore., City Council voted Wednesday to add fluoride to the city's drinking water starting in 2014.

Portland is the largest American city that doesn't add fluoride to its drinking water. But some groups have raised questions about the possible risks from fluoridation and oppose its use.

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Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Low Waters Close 11-Mile Stretch Of Mississippi River

A tow pushes a barge past a sandbar on the Mississippi River near the confluence with the Missouri River north of St. Louis., on Friday. Many sandbars normally under water on the two rivers are now exposed as the drought has caused river levels to drop.
Jim Salter AP

An 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River was closed today because of low waters levels.

The AP reports:

"Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground.

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Tue August 14, 2012
The Salt

Crayfish Go On The Menu To Restore Lake Tahoe's Blue Hue

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:30 am

A commercially harvested crayfish from Lake Tahoe near Incline Village, Nev., in July.
Max Whittaker Prime for NPR


Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S.

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 9:36 am

Drought-stricken corn struggles to survive on a farm near Poseyville, Ind.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The areas of the lower 48 states where this summer's drought is judged to be "severe, extreme or exceptional" (in ascending order of seriousness) increased slightly again this week, according to the experts at the federal government's National Drought Mitigation Center.

It reports that:

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