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Archive: July 6, 2018

The quest for energy efficiency employs approximately 2 million Americans. (Nick Youngson/Alpha Stock Images)

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's investor-owned utilities have until Monday to submit five-year energy-efficiency plans to be approved by the Iowa Utilities Board no later than March of next year. The plans are necessary after Iowa lawmakers approved legislation to limit how much utilities can spen ...Read More

As online commerce has increased, the portion of sales taxes collected by West Virginia has declined. (Pixabay)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Modernizing the state sales tax is now possible, due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision – and it could help solve West Virginia's budget problems, including for the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). The decision late last month in the case South Dakota v. Wayf ...Read More

About 62,000 Idahoans could get access to coverage if the state expanded Medicaid. (Reclaim Idaho)

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BOISE, Idaho – Supporters of an initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho rally at the State Capitol Friday to deliver more than 70,000 signatures to state officials. They'll likely hear in mid-July if they qualified for the November ballot. The initiative would cover about 62,000 Idahoans who ...Read More

South Dakota could save more than $6 million a year if it reclassified the charge of ingestion of a drug to a misdemeanor. It is currently a felony. (dantes1401/Twenty20)

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PIERRE, S.D. – What role will criminal justice reform play in South Dakota's elections this year? The ACLU of South Dakota says it should be a top issue for candidates. The group is launching its "Smart Justice" campaign today, pushing for a bigger focus on crime's connection to mental healt ...Read More

Thousands of oil-covered birds had to be rehabilitated after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (MacKenzie/US Fish & Wildlife Service)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Migratory Bird Treaty Act turns 100 this week, leading conservation groups to dub 2018 the "Year of the Bird" – and to ask the Trump administration to live up to the spirit of the law. The MBTA made it illegal to pursue, hunt, take or capture migratory birds. Last ...Read More

Many of the EPA regulations that Scott Pruitt scrapped or delayed as EPA administrator had not yet taken effect before his resignation. (Wikimedia Commons)

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WASHINGTON – After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt's resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue. During his one-year tenure, ...Read More

Nevada is home to millions of acres of important bird habitat. (Lip Kee/ Flickr)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – This week marks 100 years since the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act – or MBTA – and conservation groups want the Trump administration to respect and enforce the law. Signed in 1918, the law made it illegal to pursue, hunt, take or capture migratory bi ...Read More

Each year, 500,000 to 1 million birds die from landing in uncovered oil pits. (USFWS)

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NEW YORK – The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the first environmental laws in the country, turned 100 this week – but the protection it provides is in serious jeopardy. Many states have named this the "Year of the Bird" in recognition of the centennial. But the U.S. Interior Departm ...Read More

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