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The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

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Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - AR: Environment

According to 2018 data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 26% of Arkansas children live in households with a high housing cost burden. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Childhood poverty in Arkansas is on the rise, according to data recently released by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Rich Huddleston, executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, says about one in four children in the state now lives in poverty. The Cas

Supreme Court, court of appeals and district court judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S.  Senate. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Over the past few years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 185 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, the majority of whom have a conservative track record. Along with two Supreme Court justices, senators have confirmed 50 circuit court and 133 district court judges. Acc

Some Arkansas farmers say they have seen damage to their crops despite being outside the one-mile exclusion zone for the herbicide Dicamba.(bugarskipavle3/AdobeStock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Farming and conservation groups remain deeply concerned over the Arkansas Plant Board's 2018 decision to relax regulations on the herbicide Dicamba. The coalition says evidence continues to grow that the potent weed killer is drifting outside the area of its use and damagin

A new bill aimed at expanding access to solar energy in Arkansas is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the solar power industry. (WikimediaCommons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As a rule, business interests and environmental advocates rarely agree, but a new solar-power access plan in Arkansas may be the exception. Backed by support from conservationists such as the Audubon Society and industry groups such as the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, s

Scientists say the herbicide dicamba often drifts from the fields where it is applied, and ends up killing native plants and birds in nearby areas. (Pholiprids/WikimediaCommons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A coalition of sustainable-farming and conservation groups is protesting a move by Arkansas officials to roll back restrictions on the herbicide dicamba. The groups say the potent weed killer, when spread over the crops it is designed to protect, often drifts to other areas, aff

The average worker bee produces only about one-twelfth teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas beekeepers may be hearing less buzz from their hives this spring. A new survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found that beekeepers reported a 40 percent bee colony loss in the last year. A typical colony loss is less than half that, year over year, and advocate

Dozens of migratory waterfowl and other species, many of them endangered, can be found at the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Central Arkansas. (USFWS)

CLARKEDALE, Ark. – Commercial farms leased in many national wildlife refuges, including several in Arkansas, have been sprayed with nearly a half million pounds of toxic pesticides. According to a report by the Center for Biological Diversity, the refuges are fragile environments that are ho

Forked Mountain is a prominent feature of the Flatside Wilderness area in central Arkansas. (Wikimedia Commons)<br /><br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Conservationists are praising a measure designed to expand the Flatside Wilderness area of the Ouachita National Forest in Central Arkansas. Congressman French Hill has filed legislation that would increase the 9,500-acre wilderness area by an additional 640 acres this ye

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