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Archive: February 24, 2016

Just two weeks after armed militants were ousted from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would allow states to seize national lands for drilling and logging without federal environmental oversight. (Blaine Cooper/Wikimedia Commons)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Just two weeks after armed militants were ousted from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation to allow states to seize national lands for drilling and logging without federal environmental oversight. Earlier this ...Read More

Expansion of suction dredge gold mining failed to get approval Tuesday from the Idaho House Resource and Conservation Committee. (Idaho Conservation League)

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BOISE, Idaho - A victory for conservation advocates as a bill to lift all state regulation on small scale suction dredge gold mining in Idaho died Tuesday in the House Resources and Conservation Committee. As written, the bill, HB 510, would have opened more than 80,000 miles of streams in Idaho t ...Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for raising the minimum wage and passing paid family leave. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

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NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken his call for a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour on the road. Surrounded by union members and city officials on Tuesday morning, the governor announced his Drive for $15 campaign at a rally in Manhattan. He said New York is creating more jobs than ever, bu ...Read More

Environmentalist projected images onto the site of the NAAG meeting in Washington. (350.org)

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NEW YORK - What did Exxon know about climate change and when did it know it? That's what environmentalists want state attorneys general to investigate. Activists from 350.org on Tuesday presented signed petitions to the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington. Lindsay Meiman, U.S. c ...Read More

Shawn Dailey, a client at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, which is scheduled to close by the end of the year. (Carol Dailey)

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BOULDER, Mont. - Today a committee appointed by the governor is meeting to discuss the transfer of 52 severely developmentally disabled people from the 100-year-old Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, also known as MDC, to private facilities around the state. All the clients are at MDC becaus ...Read More

A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Utah is making its way through the state legislature. (Wikipedia Commons)

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SALT LAKE CITY - A bill to legalize medical marijuana is set for a final vote this week in the Utah Senate after getting preliminary approval by just two votes. The measure, Senate Bill 73, allows qualifying medical patients to use marijuana in edible, extract and oil form to treat illness. Magg ...Read More

The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution directing the state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the federal government for allegedly failing to consult with the state on refugee resettlement. Pictured here are Syrian children in a refugee camp in Syria. (Mehmet Bilgin/flickr.com)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Senate this week passed a resolution that directs the state attorney general to sue the federal government over policies surrounding refugee resettlement. Specifically, the resolution alleges the federal government failed to consult with the state on the issue, while ...Read More

Activists held a rally Tuesday and demanded that state leaders shut down an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Clay Carpenter)

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LANSING, Mich. - Calls are intensifying in Michigan to shut down an aging Great Lakes oil pipeline. Citizen, business and environmental groups on Tuesday delivered more than 8,000 letters to the governor and attorney general, demanding immediate action on Enbridge's Line 5 through the Straits of Ma ...Read More

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