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Is tap water chlorine dangerous?

Is tap water chlorine dangerous?Dear EarthTalk: I am very concerned about the amount of chlorine in my tap water. I called my water company and they said it is safe just let the tap run for awhile to rid the smell of the chlorine. But that just gets rid of the smell, perhaps, not the chlorine? -- Anita Frigo, Milford, CT
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Green business programs

Green business programsDear EarthTalk: I’ve been following reports about President Obama’s stimulus package and what it may mean for creating green jobs. Beyond that, are there programs in place to help businesses switch to greener raw materials and/or to green up operations overall? -- Diane, via e-mail
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U of M establishes Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center, Pam Cosby named executive director

U of M establishes Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center, Pam Cosby named executive directorThe University of Minnesota Academic Health Center has announced the newly established Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC), located in North Minneapolis.
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Hennepin schedules H1N1 flu shot clinics in January

Hennepin County will be offering H1N1 flu vaccine to anyone 6 months and older at seven public clinics in early January:
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The End of Abstinence-Only Education in Minnesota?

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Today marks an historic new investment in the efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Pres. Obama plans to sign a bill that will offer more than $100 million in new competitive grants for what are called 'evidence-based' teen pregnancy prevention programs. Advocates consider it a major shift away from federal funding of abstinence-until-marriage sex education.
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Dental care crisis in America: W.K. Kellogg Foundation report details training of new types of dental professionals to alleviate serious access problems

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Searching for ways to ensure dental care for millions living in dentist-shortage areas, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation today released a wide-ranging assessment of international and U.S. experiences training and deploying new types of dental health care providers who could be used to help fill gaps in care.
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Is there still no room in our inn for the most famous poor baby in history?

In this holy season of Advent, tens of millions of Christians are waiting for and preparing to celebrate the birthday of the most famous poor baby in history on Christmas Day.  Yet that baby – born in a stable after being denied a room in the inn for his birth over 2,000 years ago – might still find "no room" signs in the health care inn in the richest nation on earth in 2009.
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