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There are new, troubling numbers on the Gulf oil spill. Government scientists said Thursday as many as 40,000 barrels of oil have been flowing daily from the blown-out BP well.

To their credit, British Petroleum is capturing about 15,000 barrels a day thanks to the containment cap installed last week. And BP is working to contain further damage….to their image.

Here’s the ad campaign that BP is now running on cable and the national networks. Note that the decision was made not to air the spot in the local markets of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama or Florida.

And even with that reassuring commercial, both Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr are anxious that the oil slick and dispersants could end up here.

Warming to offshore drilling and Perdue

Public Policy Polling has some fascinating new numbers today on North Carolina’s support for offshore drilling. You might be surprised that strongest support for offshore drilling in North Carolina can be found in the coastal regions of our state.

PPP also reports that Governor Bev Perdue’s approval rating has improved to 31%.

Perdue may not be popular but she’s more well liked than the GOP legislative leadership.

Heading out of town this weekend? Consider this…

Traffic congestion has gotten so bad in Northern Virginia that some business owners are now urging their representatives to raise taxes.

The Fiscal Times reports that dozens of regional business owners have joined forces as the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance and are urging their elected-officials to abandon past no-new-taxes pledges and move forward with substantial improvements in highways, bridges and roadways.

These businesses view higher taxes as an investment in business, rather than a pointless burden they have to bear….

One diversity policy you can’t erase

USA Today has been looking over new Census data that indicates America may become a minority-majority country in the near future.

Record levels of births among minorities in the past decade are moving the USA a step closer to a demographic milestone in which no group commands a majority, new Census estimates show.

Minorities accounted for almost 49% of U.S. births in the year ending July 1, 2009, a record high, according to data released Thursday.

It’s not the Olympics, but….

2010 World Cup soccer action kicked off today with the opening match between host South Africa and Mexico.

ESPN is offering 166 hours of game coverage. They are also promoting that 25 games will be offered in in 3-D for those lucky few who have 3-D-capable televisions.

A recent Nielsen survey finds that 21% of people around the world plan to follow the tournament via streaming video on mobile devices.

Enjoy your weekend!

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