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Archive: July 26, 2013

Photo: Sunflower Power Plant in Holcomb, KS. Courtesy: Sunflower Electric Corporation

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – A new coal-fired power plant could be a byproduct of the Farm Bill. A provision in the bill would eliminate a court-ordered environmental review of the Sunflower Electric Plant located in Holcomb, Kansas, 50 miles southeast of Colorado's border. It could supply 400,000 ...Read More

PHOTO: The documentary film Blackfish about Tilikum, the now infamous orca responsible for three deaths while in captivity opens in a limited release today (Friday) - with a showing in Cambridge. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans? That's a question raised in the documentary "Blackfish." The film opens with the tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer killed in 2010 in Orlando by the whale, Tilikum, and moves back in time to ...Read More

PHOTO: Supporters of the California prisoner hunger strike march outside Corcoran State Prison. Photo Credit: Urszula.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California prisoners are starving for change. A hunger strike that began earlier this month is nearing the end of its third week, with some 1,000 inmates at 11 prisons still refusing meals. At issue is the widespread use of segregated housing units for prisoners in lon ...Read More

PHOTO: Many Californians may not be aware their drinking water comes from the Colorado River. The second annual

SAN DIEGO – Californians are uniting to protect the river that provides drinking water to about 20 million people in the Southland. The second annual Colorado River Day was held Thursday in San Diego and five other Western cities to highlight the river's continuing challenge of supply versus ...Read More

PHOTO: Riverkeepers in Virginia and around the world are testing the waters for Swimmable Water Weekend, a global event to raise awareness of water quality and the impact of pollution. Photo credit:

RICHMOND, Va. – Can you swim in your local river or creek? Is there a safe beach? And if not, why not? Those are the questions riverkeepers want you to be asking as part of Swimmable Water Weekend this weekend. Peter Nichols, executive director of the environmental group Waterkeeper Alli ...Read More

PHOTO: Among NY school superintendents waiting for an opportunity to apply for new Pre-K funding is Freeport's Dr. Kishore Kuncham (here being honored at 2012 Indian Independence Day celebration by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano). Courtesy Freeport Public Schools.

FREEPORT, N.Y. – High-needs school districts in New York, including 10 on Long Island, are waiting for an RFP, or Request for Proposals, which could give them access to funding that would broaden existing Pre-K programs. While not every district is sure it's going to apply for the money to e ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan cherries are a popular favorite at Michigan farmer's markets. Some say the current version of the Farm Bill could hurt the ability of the poor to buy healthy fruits and vegetables. Photo credit: Rob South

LANSING, Mich. – Farmers across the country are waiting for Washington to pass the 2013 Farm Bill. The bill's approval has been contentious, with lawmakers splitting along partisan lines. A version of the bill – passed by the House earlier this month – stripped out support fo ...Read More

PHOTO: This fall, a new state initiative kicks off designed to help the parents of children with developmental disabilities close the achievement gap before they get to school. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

DES MOINES, Iowa – Starting in September the Iowa Department of Education is going to provide educators, therapists and others training to help the parents of children who have developmental disabilities. Steve Crew, administrative consultant with the department, says the training will focus ...Read More

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