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PHOTO: A juvenile mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Creek State Park. A wildlife crossing has been proposed along the 101 freeway near Agoura Hills, where the route crosses a major wildlife corridor between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. Photo credit: National Park Service.

LOS ANGELES - Prompted by the discovery of a mountain lion known as P-22 in L.A.'s Griffith Park, wildlife advocates say now is the time to build a wildlife passageway over the 101 freeway. When it was built in the late 1950s, few planners were aware the route through Liberty Canyon was one of Sout ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleven oil-by-rail projects have been proposed for the Northwest since 2012. This car, known as a DOT-111, is the type that carries Bakken crude oil. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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SEATTLE - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail, pipeline and fuel terminal proposals across Washington, Oregon and ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite the smiles of Arizona and Nevada governors, a new report says the proposal to build an interstate highway connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas would be a waste of taxpayers' money. Photo courtesy Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's office.

PHOENIX - The $2.5 billion Interstate 11 project, proposed to connect Phoenix and Las Vegas, is not in the best interest of taxpayers, according to a study from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group. "(The) I-11 corridor is based on obsolete traffic assumptions that are being used to justify o ...Read More

PHOTO: With one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any U.S. city, Nashville is launching an Office of New Americans to help immigrants adapt, succeed, and ultimately benefit Nashville's economy. Photo credit: Kyle Simourd/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the debate over immigration policy continues in Tennessee and across the nation, Nashville continues to move ahead with its own efforts to engage and empower immigrants who call the city home. On Monday, Mayor Karl Dean signed an executive order to create an Office of New Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and world. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

NEW YORK - Thousands of people took part in the People's Climate March Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and the world. From the staging area at Columbus Circle, the marchers filled Central Park West as far as the eye could see. Stepping off around 1 p.m., ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is erecting another billboard between Milwaukee and Chicago to encourage political leaders to support high-speed rail. The ELPC says Wisconsin has to play catch-up now, since Gov. Scott Walker turned down federal funds for high-speed rail expansion. (Photo courtesy of ELPC)

CHICAGO, Ill. - Wisconsin now has to play catch-up, says Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), noting the state has been left behind by its Midwest neighbors in high-speed rail. The ELPC is expanding its advertising campaign in Wisconsin, erecting ano ...Read More

Photo: Florida is one of three states cited in a new report on Election Day lines and significant waits at polling places. According to the report, Latino and African-American are especially affected. Photo credit: Institute for Southern Studies.

MIAMI - Election season in the Sunshine State is in full swing, with candidates competing for your vote - but it may take longer to cast your ballot depending on where you live. Florida is among the three states named in a national report examining long waits at the polls. According to the report, ...Read More

PHOTO: Baltimore is encouraging citizens, groups and businesses to be creative with proposals to turn vacant lots into spaces that benefit neighborhoods, and the environment. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Trust

BALTIMORE - Taking an eyesore and turning it into neighborhood "eye candy." Winners are sharing nearly $300,000 in funding in the Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed. Their projects will improve neighborhoods and include environmental benefits, such as reducing stormwater runo ...Read More

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