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PHOTO: Ensuring that the Colorado River has enough water to support millions of people in Arizona and throughout the Southwest is the focus of a study from the nonprofit group American Rivers. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX – Water conservation and reuse are being urged in a study that makes recommendations about addressing the Colorado River drought, which threatens the future well-being of Arizona and six other Western states. Matt Rice is director of the Colorado Basin Program with the environmental ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair mark ...Read More

PHOTO: Adam O'Neal, center, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., will complete his walk from his hometown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. His aim is to call attention to the need for states to expand Medicaid, to cover more people and improve the financial stability of rural hospitals that treat them. Photo courtesy of O'Neal.

RICHMOND, Va. - A small-town mayor walking though Virginia will reach Washington, D.C., on Monday, carrying the message that rural hospitals need Medicaid expansion to survive. Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., is walking from his hometown to the nation's capital - 540,000 steps, ...Read More

PHOTO: The National Association of Letter Carriers meets every other year. At this week's meeting in Philadelphia, members discussed possibilities for modernizing the U.S. Postal Service and avoiding service cutbacks.  Photo credit: Michael Shea, National Assn. of Letter Carriers

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's birthday cake and protest rallies for U.S. Postal Service employees in Oregon and across the country. The Postal Service is 239 years old on Saturday, and letter carriers had their convention this week in Philadelphia. Oregon's Jamie Partridge was there. A retired carrier, Pa ...Read More

PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a ...Read More

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: 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: Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) is participating in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living on a $77 federal minimum-wage budget for the next week. Photo courtesy Rep. Schakowsky's office.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For the next seven days, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th Dist.) will have just $77 to spend on food, medicine, transportation and other daily necessities. She's among those taking part in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living for one week on a typical federal minimum-wage ...Read More

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