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Archive: May 29, 2018

In the current market, natural gas is much less expensive than coal as fuel for West Virginia power plants. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Calling itself a grassroots citizens group, an organization opposing new gas power plants is getting key backing from coal baron Bob Murray and Murray Energy. The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance has said it was founded by retired West Virginia miners in the northern panhandle, ...Read More

Health insurance premiums in Tennessee will increase by at least one-third for many people next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (Lira_n4/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans who have to purchase their own health insurance plans can expect to dig even deeper next year to pay for them. The Congressional Budget Office estimates a 31- to 54-percent premium spike. Tennessee is one of the states that didn't opt to expand Medicaid under ...Read More

The Mariner East pipelines are designed to carry highly volatile liquid ethane. (Arulonline/Pixabay)

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Citing sinkholes, contaminated water wells and alleged poor managerial judgement, an administrative law judge has suspended operations and construction of the Mariner East pipelines. In her ruling, Public Utility Commission Judge Elizabeth Barnes said Sunoco had put profi ...Read More

A bill that aims to reduce carjacking would put the burden on juvenile justice advocates to prove their clients should be freed until their cases are resolved. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Claiming not to know that a car is stolen would no longer be a major factor in prosecuting suspected carjackers under a bill pending in Springfield. But its critics say the protection is crucial for many unknowing teens and passengers caught up in a bad situation. Support ...Read More

Munir Bahar, 36, founder of COR Health Institute, stands in front of four vacant row homes he reconstructed into a community martial arts and fitness facility dedicated to serving at-risk children living in East Baltimore. (COR Health Institute)

By Kevon Paynter for Yes! Media Broadcast version by Trimmel Gomes for Maryland News Connection/Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Public News Service Collaboration Rasheed Aziz remembers visiting Baltimore in 2006. The empty, hollow buildings sprawled the entire block, he says. Bu ...Read More

I-1631 would use a fee on carbon pollution to invest in communities of color that have disproportionately been affected by climate change. (John Duffy/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The latest effort to curb carbon pollution in Washington state is putting communities most affected by climate change at its center. Backers of Initiative 1631 are gathering signatures to qualify it for the November ballot. It would charge $15 per ton on carbon emissions starting i ...Read More

The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is 65 years old, and considered too risky by environmental groups to continue to transport oil. (Oil and Water Don't Mix coalition)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – People getting off the ferry to attend the Mackinac Policy Conference Tuesday will be handed lollipops by protesters – with the plea "not to be a sucker" for Enbridge, the company behind the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. The conferenc ...Read More

The Land and Water Conservation Fund helped negotiate a land donation to make New Mexico's Sabinoso Wilderness accessible to the public. (santafehorse.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico's Sabinoso Wilderness is being celebrated today, as conservation groups call on Congress to permanently authorize funding for a program that helped make the area accessible to the public. Sabinoso's 16,000 acres in northeastern New Mexico were fully surrounded by ...Read More

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