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PHOTO: A "prairie pothole" would have better pollution under a proposed EPA rule. Photo: USFWS/Cami Dixon

BISMARCK, N.D. - A plan to better protect vulnerable waters across the state and the nation is earning praise from some, although others have expressed concerns. The proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule aims to end the long-running legal battle over how to apply the Clean Water Act by ...Read More

PHOTO: A new rule clarifying where the Clean Water Act applies seems to be drawing a lot of support from farmers like Steph Larsen, seen here watering her sheep. Photo courtesy of Steph Larsen.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A change in federal clean water rules appears to be popular with some major stakeholders, especially farmers, hunters and anglers. Two federal court decisions had "muddied" the rules about where the Clean Water Act applies, but a new revision has been proposed to clarify the issu ...Read More

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do ...Read More

PHOTO: A long-running legal battle over which water bodies are covered by the Clean Water Act could be coming to an end, with a proposed rule to provide clarity on which are eligible. Photo credit:  Robert Nunnally

AUSTIN, Texas - It's a plan to better protect the most vulnerable waters across the state and nation, and among those giving cheers are some Texas beer lovers. The proposed rule aims to end the long-running legal battle over how to apply the Clean Water Act by clearly defining which water bodies fa ...Read More

 Among other things, Justice Stephens is advocating for campaign spending reform, after the 2010 "Citizens United" decision that declared corporations are people and opened the floodgates to big corporate political donations. Photo by Steve Petteway/ US Supreme Court

CHICAGO - Since retiring from the bench in 2010, former Supreme Court Justice and Illinois native son John Paul Stevens has not been idle. His new book, out this month, has already caused a big stir in political and policy circles. It's called "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Consti ...Read More

Looking northwest, the 1985 and 1978 ash ponds and the retired Cape Fear Plant. In the background, the Deep River and the Haw River combine to form the Cape Fear River near Moncure, NC. Photo Credit: Rick Dove/Waterkeeper Alliance.

MONCURE, N.C. - Water continues to leak from the coal-ash ponds at Duke Energy's retired power plant on the Dan River, but the power company now admits to pumping coal-ash water from its retired Cape Fear plant into the Cape Fear River Watershed. A company representative called it "maintenance." D ...Read More

PHOTO: Some of the marbled murrelet's prime Oregon habitat is in the Elliott State Forest, where the State of Oregon is accepting bids to sell off 3,000 acres to allow timber harvest. Photo credit: R. Lowe, USFWS.

COOS COUNTY, Ore. – The State of Oregon has proposed selling off about 3,000 acres of coastal forestland for logging – and three conservation groups say if that happens, they'll sue the timber companies that try to buy it. The land in the Elliott State Forest, mostly in Coos County, is ...Read More

PHOTO: Ellen Read says she pushed hard in Newmarket, N.H., to get the town council to take up a resolution against the Citizens United decision. Photo credit: Ellen Read

LYME, N.H. – At annual town meetings across New Hampshire this week, citizens are voting on resolutions supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizens United that has allowed billions of dollars from special interests to flow into election campa ...Read More

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