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Energy News Study Finds Fracking Doesn’t Harm Drinking Water in Texas

The Daily Signal, by Fred Lucas, 06/19/2017 –

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A cluster of well pad sites includes an active drilling rig in the Eagle Ford shale oil play near Kenedy, Texas. (Photo: William Luther/ZumaPress/Newscom)

Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to a study released Monday.

The new study’s conclusions on drinking water are in line with multiple other studies of hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing is the process of drilling into rock and injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and chemicals to obtain shale gas and oil, which is produced from fractured rock. Some environmentalists argue that it can harm water supplies.

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After Transgender Sensitivity Training Becomes Mandatory in the Army, Delta Force Operator Issues Reality Check

All soldiers in the U.S. Army are now required to take a 50-minute course on transgender sensitivity training.

Independent Journal Review wanted to know what veterans who have trained thousands of soldiers to fight in combat think about the news.

We spoke with U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Ret.) and Delta Force Operator Dale Comstock.

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Comstock has seen more war than the average American can wrap their head around. In fact, he’s served in every major campaign from Grenada in 1983 to present day conflicts.

Comstock said:

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Herring captures gold at National Senior Games

Herring captures gold at National Senior Games

Marvin Herring, 79, has been running his whole life and has no plans of slowing down.

Herring competed in the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, June 8-10 and captured the gold medal in the 800-meters in the 80-84 age group.

Herring’s time of 3:22.10 is currently the best in the nation and the third highest in the history of the Senior Games that goes back to 1987.

Herring competed in the heat and humidity of Alabama and attributes his training to his success in the preliminaries and the finals.

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School: You may not recite prayer in the name of Jesus Christ

Moriah Bridges wanted to thank God for His immeasurable blessings on Beaver High School’s graduating class. But she could not, because it was against the law.

The Pennsylvania teenager wanted to offer thanksgiving to the Almighty for parents and coaches and teachers. But again, she could not, because it was against the law.

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The IRS Can Seize Your Money Based on a Hunch. This Bill Would Bring That to an End.

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One manifestation of federal overreach is civil asset forfeiture. This practice allows the federal government to confiscate the wealth of its citizens upon the mere suspicion of wrongdoing.

The IRS, not content with expropriating the wealth of its citizens on April 15 every year, has now taken up the practice of seizing funds that have been involved in perfectly legal transactions on the basis of a hunch.

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Texas Considers Non-Jail Options for Those Unable to Pay Fines

By Associated Press
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM CDT

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas locks up more people who can’t afford to pay tickets and fines than any other state.

That could change if Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signs off on bipartisan bills that would require judges to offer alternatives such as community service, payment plans or waivers.

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Eight Major Changes in Churches the Past Ten Years

Tom S. Rainer, 05/10/2017 –

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Change or die.

Such has been the reality of too many congregations the past ten years as the rate of church closures has accelerated. Many have died; others are on life support.

But what are some of the major changes that have taken place in congregations that are doing relatively well? What are some of the ways these congregations have adapted to new realities? Here is a hint: None of the changes in healthy churches have compromised doctrine, diminished the centrality of preaching, or abandoned sharing the gospel.

So what changes have occurred in healthy churches in the last decade? Here are eight of them:

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Can Electronic Voting Systems Be Trusted

Hays County in Texas Lost 1,800 Electronic Ballots

From Dr. Laura Pressley

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Report Finds Thousands of Noncitizens on Voter Rolls in Virginia

Virginia election officials removed thousands of voters from voter rolls between 2011 and May 2017, according to a conservative legal organization.

In a report released Tuesday, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group, found 5,556 voters were removed because they were noncitizens and that one-third of those removed voted illegally.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a board member of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that the findings of the report are alarming.

“This report should concern everyone,” von Spakovsky said, adding:

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N Korea fires Scud missile into sea, its third test in three weeks

BBC NEWS, May 29, 2017 –

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North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile, its third missile test in as many weeks.

The Scud flew about 450km (280 miles) before landing in Japanese waters, prompting Japan to lodge a protest.

Pyongyang has repeatedly defied a UN resolution banning all nuclear and missile activity, and has ramped up the pace of its tests in recent months.

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