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PHOTO: The EPA is holding public hearings this week on its proposed tougher carbon emission standards - a controversial proposal here in coal-producing Kentucky. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Proposed carbon emissions standards would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. The proposed rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out June 2, are controversial in Kentucky, one of the top coal-producing states in t ...Read More

PHOTO: Ensuring that the Colorado River has enough water to support millions of people in Arizona and throughout the Southwest is the focus of a study from the nonprofit group American Rivers. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX – Water conservation and reuse are being urged in a study that makes recommendations about addressing the Colorado River drought, which threatens the future well-being of Arizona and six other Western states. Matt Rice is director of the Colorado Basin Program with the environmental ...Read More

PHOTO: Adam O'Neal, center, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., will complete his walk from his hometown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. His aim is to call attention to the need for states to expand Medicaid, to cover more people and improve the financial stability of rural hospitals that treat them. Photo courtesy of O'Neal.

RICHMOND, Va. - A small-town mayor walking though Virginia will reach Washington, D.C., on Monday, carrying the message that rural hospitals need Medicaid expansion to survive. Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., is walking from his hometown to the nation's capital - 540,000 steps, ...Read More

PHOTO: The National Association of Letter Carriers meets every other year. At this week's meeting in Philadelphia, members discussed possibilities for modernizing the U.S. Postal Service and avoiding service cutbacks.  Photo credit: Michael Shea, National Assn. of Letter Carriers

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's birthday cake and protest rallies for U.S. Postal Service employees in Oregon and across the country. The Postal Service is 239 years old on Saturday, and letter carriers had their convention this week in Philadelphia. Oregon's Jamie Partridge was there. A retired carrier, Pa ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups warn that amphibians are at risk with a lack of protection from changes made to the Clean Water Act by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are joining forces to remind the federal government and their elected officials about the basic principles of gravity. More specifically, they want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate Clean Water Act rules that protect headwater str ...Read More

PHOTO: Just outside Scranton, a vertical farming operation has produced its first harvest of high quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Photo courtesy of Green Spirit Farms.

DALTON, Pa. - In a sprawling, formerly abandoned warehouse near Scranton, the proof is in the produce as a vertical farming operation has reaped its first harvest. Miennsota-based Green Spirit Farms is using the Scranton-area site to grow high-quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. ...Read More

PHOTO: Medical professionals gather at the Colorado Health Symposium, where members of the public are invited to participate online this week. Photo courtesy Colorado Health Foundation
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KEYSTONE, Colo. – It's like a scene from Star Trek - instead of going to the doctor when you're sick, you sit at your computer and discuss your symptoms with a medical provider. For some Colorado communities, it isn't science fiction anymore - it's a reality. Until now, access to specialized ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is running a campaign to speak out in support of a proposed clarification of EPA water rules under the Clean Water Act. Photo courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

DENVER - Groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and other "big ag" organizations are protesting proposed federal rules that would redefine which bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Among the exceptions to that protest are farmers represented by the Denver-based Rocky M ...Read More

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