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PHOTO: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says a small program at the agency is helping veterans become beekeepers on old surface mine land. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With a little help from the state, a few veterans have some old surface mines abuzz with a new kind of activity. A year-old program by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is helping vets set up beehives and raise honey on old mine land. Agriculture Commissioner Walt H ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the 'Yes On 92' campaign took to the phones after the election to find voters whose ballots had been challenged, in case validating them might result in an additional vote for their ballot measure. Photo courtesy Yes On 92.

PORTLAND, Ore. - It may be Christmas before Oregonians know the fate of genetically-engineered (GE) food labeling in the state. The initial November ballot counts become official next week, Dec. 4, but for Measure 92, to require labeling of food products with genetically-engineered ingredients sold ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows 90 percent of Montana hunters surveyed back protection of greater sage-grouse habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide next year if the species will be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Photo credit: Jeannie Stafford/USFWS

BILLINGS, Mont. - Turkey is probably the most popular bird in Montana this week, but greater sage-grouse also have a fan club, at least among hunters. A new poll from the National Wildlife Federation finds 90 percent of Montana hunters surveyed say it's important to protect greater sage-grouse habit ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll conducted after the midterm elections indicates a majority of voters in six of the so-called battleground states want action on the climate crisis, regardless of which way they voted. The Sierra Club believes the same would hold true for Maine voters. Photo credit: pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – No matter which side of the political aisle they were on and no matter which way their elections went three weeks ago, voters in six of the so-called battleground states want elected office holders to work on the climate crisis, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned ...Read More

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

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