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New federal regulations on pollution from surface mining, known as the Stream Protection Rule, are the focus of a public hearing tonight in Lexington. Credit: Vivian Stockman. Flyover courtesy SouthWings.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement will hold a public hearing in Lexington tonight about a proposed rule to determine how water pollution from mining operations is tested, regulated, controlled and enforced. Teri Blanton, a member of the grassroo ...Read More

Knoxville, Nashville and the Tri-Cities all made the top 10 list of U.S. migraine "hot spots" in a recent study. Credit: stockarch/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Here's a study that could give you a real headache: Three Tennessee cities top a list of migraine "hot spots," according to a report by Sperling's Best Places. For this survey, the demographic research firm analyzed the number of migraine-related drug prescriptions, people's hour ...Read More

A PUCO hearing is underway in Columbus to investigate a FirstEnergy proposal that critics contend is a bailout of aging power plants. Credit: Nyttend/Wikipedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – FirstEnergy executives took the stand Monday in a long-awaited Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) hearing, with billions of dollars at stake. FirstEnergy wants their three Ohio utilities to purchase energy at above-market prices to shore up two aging power plants, own ...Read More

A Mercy for Animals investigation found chickens at a Dukedom, Tennessee, farm were bred to grow so quickly they became crippled under their own weight. Credit: Mercy for Animals.

DUKEDOM, Tenn. – A Tennessee chicken farm has lost its contract to provide chickens for McDonald's through Tyson Foods, after the chicken supplier announced it was terminating its contract with the farmer. Late last week, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals released the results of an un ...Read More

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver, office of state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Credit: Colorado Judicial Branch.

DENVER – Environmental groups are doubling down after Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced the state will join a lawsuit to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Coffman, a Republican, told the Denver Post the plan would cost jobs, raise utility rates and undercut ...Read More

Thousands of elk in western Wyoming feeding on hay and alfalfa pellets. The practice is being debated. Credit: Lloyd Dorsey.

JACKSON, Wy. - "To feed, or not to feed?" is the question being debated when it comes to elk in western Wyoming. A decision to renew a feeding permit is pending in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and there are at least 30 other feeding sites. Herds have been fed during the winter for more tha ...Read More

Wisconsin schools may soon display colored flags to represent the air quality on that day. Credit: American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The American Lung Association in Wisconsin is providing air quality flags to school districts around the state free of charge. The five colored flags reveal at a glance the day's air quality from good air to very unhealthy air. Knowing the day's air quality is important ...Read More

Satellite photo of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in August 2005. Credit: NOAA.

RICHMOND, Va. – Last Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Conservationists and community groups are using the occasion as a reminder of the lessons learned. Karen Forget, executive director of the environmental group Lynnhaven River Now, says a ...Read More

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