Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t more states mandate deposits on beverage bottles as incentives for people to return them? Most bottles I’ve seen only list a few states on them. — Alan Wu, Cary, NC

U.S. Unemployment Rate Still 9%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in October, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The modest job growth was not enough to significantly affect the nation’s unemployment rate, which is still 9 percent.

Election 2011: Looking At The Local Races In Middlesex County

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – While the state legislative races at the top of the ballot are getting most of the attention that is being devoted to this year’s election contests, a number of local offices are also on the ballot. Voters in ten communities, including Woodbridge, have contested mayoral races, while most communities will elect one or more members to their municipal council or township committee.