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PHOTO: The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation will listen to public complaints about its website today. The Northern Plains Resource Council has requested better transparency at the agency, as people living near areas of intense oil and gas development seek details on impacts. Photo of a Bakken drill rig by Stephanie Gaswirth/USGS.

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) meets today and the first topic of business is a request from the Northern Plains Resource Council to improve public access to information about the impacts of oil and gas development. Council member Pat Wilson of Bainville says as a r ...Read More

PHOTO: A new state law underscores the need for drivers in Connecticut to give right of way to those not in a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's a new law that underscores the need for local drivers to yield the right of way to those sharing Connecticut roads on bikes, using wheelchairs and on foot. Careless drivers injure hundreds of people in the state each year, says Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike ...Read More

MAP: Virginia, seen in pale blue, ranks far lower for energy efficiency than the more efficient dark blue states. According to the analysis behind this map, Virginia's numbers were driven down by the amount of gas motorists use for the total miles driven. Map courtesy of Wallethub.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia ranks low for energy efficiency in a new report, mostly because of motorists' poor total gas mileage. Financial advice website Wallethub looks at home and transportation energy efficiency every year and ranks the states on how well they do. Virginia came in sixth from the b ...Read More

PHOTO: New vehicles in the United States are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: SDRandCo/morguefile.

DETROIT - Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per-gallon improvement over the previous y ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for clean energy continued their push this week to convince Puget Sound Energy to transition from using power from the Colstrip Generating Station in Montana to more locally-generated wind and solar power, as well as energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Sierra Club.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is catching some heat from the 30 percent of their electrical power that comes from burning Montana coal. On Wednesday in Olympia, the utility company was presented with more than 10,000 petitions asking it step up the use of clean energy and energy efficie ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP North Carolina will be working with UNC Wilmington to offer forums and workshops for older North Carolinians in order to help them prepare for retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - AARP North Carolina joined the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) this week to announce a long-term initiative to raise awareness and propose solutions to the challenges facing the state's 50-plus population in retirement. According Jody Holtzman, AARP Senior Vice ...Read More

PHOTO: Expanding the Arapahoe Park gaming horse track to include gambling in Arapahoe County could impact existing casino towns like Central City. Photo courtesy: Central City, Colorado.

AURORA, Colo. - Budgets are tight for Colorado schools, and Amendment 68 promises to raise up to $100 million through a K-12 Education Fund. On the ballot in next month's midterm election, Amendment 68 would raise the funds by expanding gambling in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties, but many in th ...Read More

PHOTO: Students across Minnesota and the nation are being encouraged to get to class under their own power today, as part of Walk to School Day. Photo credit: Elizabeth/Flickr.

ST. Paul, Minn. - Today is Walk to School Day, and the annual event comes as some school districts in Minnesota see a resurgence in students who are getting to class on their own. In the Sauk Rapids-Rice district, Superintendent Daniel Bittman says with the recent addition of sidewalks and crosswalk ...Read More

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