News For Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amid Fracking Boom, Concerns Over Cancer Rates

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A worker untangles a hose at a Fountain Quail water management and treatment facility in Roanoake, Texas. Fountain Quail cleans and separates water used in fracking for natural gas removal.
A worker untangles a hose at a Fountain Quail water management and treatment facility in Roanoake, Texas. Fountain Quail cleans and separates water used in fracking for natural gas removal.

Dramatic increases in oil and gas production, and the drilling technique called fracking, have been tied to elevated levels of air pollution in Texas, stirring concerns over health risks like cancer.

The Brief: Aug. 21, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Jan. 27, 2009, before Perry's State of the State address.
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Jan. 27, 2009, before Perry's State of the State address.

In Texas, the eruption over a Missouri Senate candidate's comment on rape has exposed a fault line among Republicans over abortion.

The Evening Brief: Aug. 21, 2012

Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Competitive Edge Manufacturing in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2012.
Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Competitive Edge Manufacturing in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2012.

Your evening reading: Democrats seize on Romney's visit to Midland; federal appeals court overturns cross-state pollution rule; Akin refusing to leave Missouri Senate race

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