Jul 19, 2018

EPA watchdog calls for stronger oversight of state drinking water

The water tower at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan, looms large over the city March 4, 2016 nearly 2 years after the start of the city's water crisis. Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP via Getty Images

The EPA's Office of Inspector General has issued a report calling on the agency to "strengthen its oversight of state drinking water programs" in order to improve its response procedures in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis.

Why it matters: The watchdog's investigation found fault in the actions of local, state and federal officials both before and after thousands of Flint residents were poisoned by excessive lead in their drinking water. The EPA has adopted, or has plans to adopt, eight of the nine recommendations issued in the inspector general's report, according to ABC12.

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Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.

The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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