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Archive: June 5, 2019

There are currently 142 people on death row in North Carolina prisons, according to the state's Department of Public Safety. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. - The case of North Carolinian Charles Ray Finch, 81, released last month after more than 40 years in prison for a 1976 murder he did not commit, spotlights some of the problems with death-penalty convictions. Finch was convicted and sentenced under what was then a state law that made ...Read More

The Ohio River is 981 miles long and supplies drinking water to more than 5 million people. (Adobe Stock)

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COVINGTON, Ky. - The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is slated to vote on loosening water-pollution regulations at its meeting this week in Covington. The proposed changes would give states the ability to opt out of pollution-control standards for the Ohio River, which supplies drinki ...Read More

In addition to Maine's LD 955, the U.S. Senate also is considering legislation to ban oil and gas drilling off the New England coast. (Dan/Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate overwhelmingly passed an offshore-drilling ban on Tuesday by a vote of 31-4. The next step for LD 955 is Gov. Janet Mills' desk. The legislation would limit oil and gas exploration and drilling within state waters, which also would make it difficult for Trump admin ...Read More

New Mexico conservation groups say they'll try again next session to pass legislation that would connect residents to community solar projects. (newenergyeconomy.org)

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SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico environmental advocates say the state took a step forward during the 2019 legislative session by passing bills that address renewable energy and public health, but is lagging in solar-energy development. Conservation Voters New Mexico has released its statewide Conservat ...Read More

Climate change has altered the seasonal cycles, and migrating birds' favorite rest stops frequently are out of sync with hatching insects, blooming flowers and fruiting trees. (Pierre Dalous Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER - Birds are helping scientists understand the impacts of rapid population growth and climate change in Colorado and across the West, thanks to a crowd-sourced "citizen science" project. John Sanderson, director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, said that when non-scientists ...Read More

Only 73 orcas remain in the Northwest's endangered Southern Resident population. (fletcherjcm/Flickr)

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SEATTLE – Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound are bringing awareness to the precarious future of orcas in the Northwest this month. Now in its 13th year, Orca Action Month has spread from Washington state to Oregon and British Columbia in recent years. It highlights the steps Northwest resi ...Read More

For small towns, the EPA does not require testing drinking water for emerging contaminants. (Daniel Case [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Many drinking-water sources in New York state are not tested for a variety of dangerous chemicals, but a new bill in the State Assembly could remedy that. Every few years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency publishes a list of emerging contaminants - chemicals determin ...Read More

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission currently considers LGBTQ people a protected class, but a new amendment would enshrine those protections in state law. (Arashdeep/Morguefile)

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LANSING, Mich. - LGBTQ lawmakers and their supporters have introduced an amendment to the state's Civil Rights Act to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in Michigan. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, passed in 1976, makes it illegal to discriminate in matters of housing, ...Read More

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