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Archive: March 21, 2013

Graphic: What if Colorado were Number 1? Courtesy Colorado Health Foundation.
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DENVER - Colorado may be the leanest and most active state in the nation, but a study released today finds room for improvement in the state's overall health. While adult Coloradans are physically fit, according to the Colorado Health Report Card, the state lags behind the rest of the nation in man ...Read More

PHOTO: The Flint Creek Power Plant is at the heart of a controversy: Update it to meet more stringent air pollution standards, or retire it and focus on other forms of energy in Arkansas? Photo courtesy of SWEPCO.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) has a big decision to make about the future of the Flint Creek Power Plant and the power bills of those who might have to pay for upgrading SWEPCO's 35-year-old coal plant in northwest Arkansas. The facility will not be in compliance w ...Read More

PHOTO: The Idaho PUC is holding a hearing today about Idaho Power's proposed changes to its net-metering program - which buys power from consumers with solar panels. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Public Utilities Commission meets today to decide how to proceed in response to Idaho Power's plan to change its net-metering program for solar sources. Under net-metering, consumers with panels who produce more than they need sell the extra to the utility. Idaho Power want ...Read More

PHOTO: Dr. Alan Lockwood, who's written a book about the health impacts of the coal industry, has been speaking in Montana this week. Photo courtesy of Physicians for Social Responsibility

MISSOULA, Mont - Coal has long been controversial. It is connected to local economies, the Montana state budget, electricity production and private property rights. A physician who is touring the country wants people to know there is something even bigger: the health impact of coal. Dr. Alan Lockw ...Read More

PHOTO: Dryden, a town of 14,500 near Ithaca, is watching an appeal of a ruling that it had the right to ban fracking for natural gas. Courtesy Town of Dryden

DRYDEN, N.Y. - Do towns and municipalities have a say over whether their land can be used for fracking (extracting oil and natural gas from underground shale formations)? That question will be argued in two cases before a New York appeals court today - one involving Dryden, the other Middlefield. ...Read More

PHOTO: Maryland General Assembly considers gas tax increase to pay for road projects. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Proposals to increase the gas tax in Maryland appear to be gaining steam. The House of Representatives is debating legislation this week that could increase the tax by nearly four cents a gallon by this summer. Tax policy analyst Carl Davis is with the Institute on Taxation and Ec ...Read More

PHOTO: Maryland families are documenting their struggle with hunger for a display in Annapolis. Photo credit: Maryland Hunger Solutions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland families have documented their experiences with hunger and poverty in heart-wrenching stories and pictures for an exhibit called "Witnesses to Hunger." This morning, at the Fighting Hunger and Poverty Breakfast event in Annapolis, legislators will get a first-hand look. On ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Bill Haslam plans to make his recommendation by the end of the month on whether Tennessee should expand its Medicaid program. New research says the expansion would lead to 22,000 jobs created, another 180,000 with heath coverage and nearly $600-million in new tax revenue. CREDIT: Public Domain
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a decision by the governor just days away on whether or not to expand Medicaid in the state, a new analysis concludes that doing so would be a win for Tennessee. Researcher Cyril Chang, professor of economics, University of Tennessee, said one benefit of expanding is the $9.4 ...Read More

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