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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: Concerns over fracking in Kentucky have produced large turnouts at public meetings, including this one earlier this year in Berea. There's another meeting on oil and gas development tonight in Hazard. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has become ground zero for testing of potential high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tonight in Hazard, the Energy and Environment Cabinet concludes a series of public meetings across the state on oil and gas development. Kim Walters says she will be there ...Read More

PHOTO: With the average age of a Minnesota farmer continuing to grow, so is the number of people getting a fresh start in the agriculture industry as the demand for local foods increases. Nearly one-in-five farms in Minnesota is now operated by a beginning farmer, meaning a decade or less under their belts. Photo credit: Xavier Arnau.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a growing number of Minnesotans seeking fresh and locally produced foods, the landscape of the state's agriculture industry is also changing with a bounty of new faces. The most recent Census of Agriculture shows that 17 percent of all principal operators in Minnesota ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana's new Farm to Food Banks program allows growers to sell extra produce to food banks. Photo credit: JZ Lomeck/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort to get more fresh produce on the tables of struggling Hoosiers is coming to fruition. The Farms to Food Banks program is kicking off this summer. It allows food banks to purchase surplus or number-two grade produce at below market rates from local growers. Bob Whit ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. House just passed a bill that prohibits Illinois and other states from enacting their own laws requiring labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. And it's good news or bad news depending on whom you ask. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There are cheers and jeers for a bill approved by the U.S. House that prohibits states from requiring GMO food labeling. Richard Eidlin, vice president of policy and campaigns with the American Sustainable Business Council, says the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act wou ...Read More

Photo: A survey from USDA shows what small towns can do to survive. Photo by GDNS

WASHINGTON – A recent study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service focused on towns that are losing population. It featured several in South Dakota and other states on the northern plains. Study co-author John Cromartie, a USDA geographer, travel ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday is Colorado River Day in honor of the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West's economy and a critical source of drinking water for millions. The state's farmers and ranchers are hopeful Colorado's Water Plan will protect the river, and have already invested heavily in water-conservation efforts. Photo credit: Donna Boley/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Saturday is Colorado River Day, marking the date in 1921 when the river was officially renamed from the Grand River to the Colorado. The future of the river is uncertain because of water shortages and increasing demand, and it features prominently in an emerging Colorado water plan. Steve ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. – When it comes to keeping small streams and wetlands clean, there's little controversy among hunters and anglers. A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Da ...Read More

PHOTO: While battles over the Clean Water Act are brewing in Congress and the courts, a new poll finds the latest protections are supported by a majority of anglers and hunters in Minnesota and nationwide. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – When it comes to protecting smaller streams and wetlands in Minnesota, among those casting wide support for the latest rule on what's covered under the Clean Water Act are those who fish and hunt. According to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation, 82 ...Read More

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