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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Environmental Justice

PHOTO: Concerns over fracking in Kentucky have produced large turnouts at public meetings, including this one earlier this year in Berea. There's another meeting on oil and gas development tonight in Hazard. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has become ground zero for testing of potential high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tonight in Hazard, the Energy and Environment Cabinet concludes a series of public meetings across the state on oil and gas development. Kim Walters says she will be there ...Read More

PHOTO: Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in the Seattle area to protests, and left Elliott Bay in mid-June. Photo credit: Jeff Dunnicliffe for The Backbone Campaign/Flickr.

SEATTLE – It's back to court on Friday for the Port of Seattle, and conservation groups that contend the port commissioners didn't conduct an environmental assessment before signing a lease to allow repair of oil-drilling rigs at the port. The groups maintain the water pollution risks are ob ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll says hunters and anglers support expanding the Clean Water Rule to smaller tributaries. Photo credit: bissel/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hunters and anglers support restoring the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule to smaller headwaters streams and wetlands by a margin of more than 4 to 1, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation on the so-called Waters of ...Read More

PHOTO: This week marks Latino Conservation Week, and youth leaders from Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico are preparing to gather in Denver to protect the Colorado River. The river contributes $1.4 trillion in economic activity, and two million jobs in Colorado. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

DENVER – Summer vacation means rolling up sleeves to protect the Colorado River for 25 Native American and Latino youth from five western states, including Colorado. They're part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Spanish. On the heels of Latino Conservation Week, ...Read More

PHOTO: Landowners concerned about the impact of deep-well fracking in Kentucky are displaying signs like this one as the state moves forward with the controversial method of oil and gas drilling. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. – Bracing for a boom in deep-well fracking, state lawmakers revised Kentucky's regulations on oil and gas production in March. Environmentalists and landowners will now get to express their views about the regulatory revisions in a trio of public meetings across the commonwealth, b ...Read More

PHOTO: With Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans far apart on matters like education funding, one economic analyst says the GOP appears to be using a budget crisis they helped create to push for sweeping changes. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania House Archives.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts predict Pennsylvania's budget standoff will be short and not too damaging – but they warn that could change if either side holds out for extreme ideological positions. Economist Mark Price, research director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Turtles and many other species suffered in the 2005 BP oil spill. BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday. Florida's share is $3.25 billion. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida conservation groups say the BP settlement announced Thursday is a big step forward giving certainty that the funding will be there to restore the Gulf coast. It comes five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, releasing almost four billion barr ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama Administration faces a legal challenge from a coalition of states, including Nevada, over the EPA's update to the Clean Water Rule. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada is among thirteen states suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its updated Clean Water Rule. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, who filed the suit this week, claims the rule amounts to a power grab by the federal government, seeking greater con ...Read More

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