A deal between the Midland, Texas, City Council and Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 to build a well was put on hold after failure to meet quorum prohibited the district from authorizing negotiations with the council on a design. The city is looking to the district to create a well that can be drilled in an aquifer, which would provide more drinking water. Further negotiations will have to wait until the district's next meeting Jan. 24, but preliminary designs will begin immediately.
The National Autism Center's National Standards Project has identified promising practices for teaching students with autism. Still, schools sometimes struggle to find the resources to implement these strategies. Educators and others note it is important to remember that there isn't a one-size-fits-all program for students with autism. Students' programs must be tailored to their individual needs, says Kay Seale, director of special education at Brockton Public Schools in Mass., which has been recognized for its autism programming.
A three-year study of humans' cumulative effects on the Great Lakes has concluded that Lakes Erie and Ontario face the greatest human threats while Lake Superior is the least threatened. The study showed that multiple threats, including an invasive mussel species and human waste buildup, combined to endanger the lakes. "It's almost a death-by-a-thousand-cuts syndrome," said University of Wisconsin-Madison limnologist Peter McIntyre. The study was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
U.S. District Judge George Smith upheld the Ohio exotic animal law as it stands, noting the law does not infringe upon the constitutional rights of owners of the animals. Owners have until Jan. 1, 2014, to fully comply with the law or face relinquishing their animals.
A record seven openly gay, lesbian and bisexual members of Congress will be sworn in after the new year, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute plans to celebrate with a gala reception in downtown Washington, D.C. The Jan. 4 event will include Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and up to six out members of the House of Representatives.