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Home health, hospice nurses in OR call for union contract agreement; MS ranks low among states for long-term care services, supports; and a look at how adopting children changed the lives of two Texas women.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence reportedly tells investigators more details about efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley wins the endorsement of a powerful Koch brothers' network and a Senate committee targets judicial activists known to lavish gifts upon Supreme Court justices.

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Congress has iced the long-awaited Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents speak out about a planned road through Alaska's Brooks Range a dream destination for hunters and angler.

Report: New Fed Loopholes Big Enough to Fit a Gas Rig Through

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008   

Denver - A last-minute rule change by the Bush adminstration could leave currently protected roadless areas in Colorado among the most vulnerable to development in the country, according to a new report from the Pew Environment Group. The report finds nearly 100 gas leases could move forward on Colorado forest lands in areas currently protected, along with millions of other acres nationwide, under the federal roadless rule.

Pete Kolbenschlag, with Pew, says the move is bad news for Colorado's most precious back-country forests.

"They would end up with less protection than any other similar national forest anywhere in the country."

David Petersen, with Trout Unlimited, says some of the vulnerable areas are among the most important in the state for hunters and anglers.

"This is where big elk herds hang out, where we have native cutthroat trout streams, and our primary watersheds."

Petersen says his group is not against energy development in general, but feels the administration has been in too much of a rush to drill in recent years, without considering all the impacts.

The Forest Service says the agency is responding to a request by Gov. Ritter. Representatives from Pew call it a case of "unintended consequences," and say they hope the governor will ask the federal government to suspend the process until the full impact can be studied.

The new roadless area rules for Colorado are expected to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, which will begin a 90-day public comment period.




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