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PHOTO: The Nevada Dept. of Transportation is urging extra caution on Nevada's rural roadways, where fatal accidents have increased sharply in some counties in the first half of this year. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada's traffic deaths overall are down for the first half of this year, but fatalities on rural roadways are way up, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Meg Ragonese, the department's public information officer, says 124 traffic deaths in Nevada in the ...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: From Mt. Rainier to a community pool or athletic field, hundreds of Washington sites have benefited from Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. The fund was created by Congress 50 years ago this week, but is set to expire in 2015. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE - The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has touched lives in every county of Washington, and the fund officially turns 50 years old this week. On the anniversary of the vote that created it, Representative Dave Reichert joined a group of lawmakers to tout the benefits of the fund for ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Dist. 13) is among a handful of lawmakers taking a challenge to live on a federal minimum-wage budget of $77 this week. Photo courtesy Rep. Ryan's office.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Living on a wage of $7.25 an hour isn't easy, but it's what millions of Americans who make minimum wage face. Today, it has been five years since the federal minimum wage was last increased. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's 13th District is among those taking the "Live the Wage C ...Read More

PHOTO: Preserving the fund that pays for soccer fields and recreation areas in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation has the support of Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. Photo courtesy of Sen. Heinrich's office.

SANTA FE, N. M. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging Congress to renew a fund credited with paying for many recreation areas, in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation. Heinrich says the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) helped ...Read More

PHOTO: Two Lights State Park in Cumberland County is among the beneficiaries of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress initially passed legislation creating the fund 50 years ago this week. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio ...Read More

PHOTO: Dave Fidanque with the ACLU of Oregon says Central American children who have come to the U.S. seeking asylum have a right to legal representation and an immigration hearing before being summarily deported. Photo courtesy of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Most have not traveled this far north yet, but Oregonians are already expressing concern for the thousands of children and teens crossing the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their Central American homelands. On Wednesday a group of labor, religious and immigrants' rig ...Read More

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of a number of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreation proj ...Read More

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