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PHOTO: Operated as a coal plant for decades, this facility in Austin, Minn., was converted to burn natural gas as Minnesota has moved to limit pollution in recent years. Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota advocates are adding their voices to the growing call for approval of a federal plan to significantly reduce carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce power-sector emissions by 30 percent ...Read More

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with ...Read More

PHOTO: Rural hospitals provide care for more than 700,000 New Mexico residents annually, and rural hospitals are getting some recognition this week for the work they do in communities around the state. Photo courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Hospitals in rural New Mexico are being recognized for their role in providing care to hundreds of thousands of residents. As part of celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Health is honoring the staff at two dozen rural hospitals. Britt Cat ...Read More

PHOTO: The humane treatment of Wisconsin cows is called into question by an animal rights group. Mercy for Animals has released a graphic video showing alleged abuse of cows on a dairy farm in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. Diary experts condemn any animal cruelty and say the alleged abuse is not appropriate or productive in any way. (Photo credit: WI Dept. of Ag)

BIRNAMWOOD, Wis. - An undercover video which graphically captures alleged animal abuse at the Andrus Dairy Farm in Birnamwood has drawn sharp reaction in many quarters. The Ohio-based cheese company, which had been using milk from the farm to produce cheese, has cut ties with the Andrus farm and ani ...Read More

PHOTO: More working Montanans living in rural areas claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, compared with those living in metropolitan areas of the state. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Rural living can be a struggle in Montana. In fact, for 21 percent of the state's rural workers, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) keeps them above the poverty line, according to new research from the Center for Rural Affairs. The EITC is a refundable federal credit which is cla ...Read More

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi ...Read More

PHOTO: A plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants is finding growing support among farmers and families in Iowa, where not combating climate change could mean more weather extremes and lower yields. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

HARLAN, Iowa - As a major proposal to cut carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants is considered in Washington D.C., people from all walks of life are calling for approval, including a mom and farmer from Iowa. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and her family grow corn, beans and more on their sp ...Read More

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati ...Read More

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