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Donald Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury; Georgia campaign fights to reopen local hospitals; New Mexico creates first-ever $100M conservation fund.

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Former President Donald Trump is indicted by Manhattan's district attorney, House Republicans take aim at renewables in new energy bill and House Dems introduce the Women's Protection Health Act.

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Small towns respond to a hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting, and more rural communities are eligible for a design project to boost economic development.

New Mexico's newly created permanent conservation fund is modeled after a trust established by the Wyoming Legislature in 2005. (RustyDodson/Adobe Stock)
New Mexico's newly created permanent conservation fund is modeled after a trust established by the Wyoming Legislature in 2005. (RustyDodson/Adobe Stock)

Friday, March 31, 2023
New Mexico is using some of its surplus budget funds, primarily from oil and gas revenues, to establish the state's first-ever source of recurring …

Idaho's unique habitats are under threat because native plant species aren't adapted for the frequent, intense wildfires becoming common in the state. (BLM)
Idaho's unique habitats are under threat because native plant species aren't adapted for the frequent, intense wildfires becoming common in the state. (BLM)

Thursday, March 30, 2023
A new report finds the country's supply of native seeds is falling behind the needs of current and future restoration projects. Researchers with …

Joellen Russell says diesel buses emit fumes like formaldehyde and benzene, the same chemicals found in cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)
Joellen Russell says diesel buses emit fumes like formaldehyde and benzene, the same chemicals found in cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, March 30, 2023
April is Earth Month, and for many climate scientists and advocates across the world, it's a time to raise environmental awareness. In Arizona…

The debate over reimagining interstates in urban settings has surfaced in several Midwestern cities, including Milwaukee. (Adobe Stock)
The debate over reimagining interstates in urban settings has surfaced in several Midwestern cities, including Milwaukee. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, March 31, 2023
A REASONS TO BE CHEERFFUL/SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM NETWORK/WISCONSIN NEWS CONNCECTION COLLABORATION Milwaukee is tied to a wave of freeway removals in th…

According to Abbott, about 110,000 people call Sparks home. (Adobe Stock)
According to Abbott, about 110,000 people call Sparks home. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Close to 3,000 city leaders from across the country were in Washington D.C. this week for the National League of Cities' Congressional City …

Cottonwood Heights, Utah, became a city in 2005. (Adobe Stock)
Cottonwood Heights, Utah, became a city in 2005. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Mike Weichers, mayor of Cottonwood Heights, is one of the Utah city leaders at The National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference being …

The Castner Range contains cultural sites that document the history of Native tribes, while also providing habitat for wildlife such as the golden eagle, mountain lions and the western burrowing owl. (Dale/AdobeStock)
The Castner Range contains cultural sites that document the history of Native tribes, while also providing habitat for wildlife such as the golden eagle, mountain lions and the western burrowing owl. (Dale/AdobeStock)

Thursday, March 30, 2023
A celebration will be held in El Paso Friday after five decades of activism paid off, when President Joe Biden designated Texas' Castner Range a …

The U.S. Interior Department manages 400 national parks, 560 national wildlife refuges and nearly 250 million acres of other public lands in America. (Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Interior Department manages 400 national parks, 560 national wildlife refuges and nearly 250 million acres of other public lands in America. (Adobe Stock)

A bill passed by the Iowa Senate would repeal programs currently in place for maintaining open space and trails, and require state agencies to submit …

A project to reclaim empty and abandoned lots across Detroit has brought a host of native plants and animals to communities across the city. (amphiphan/Adobe Stock)
A project to reclaim empty and abandoned lots across Detroit has brought a host of native plants and animals to communities across the city. (amphiphan/Adobe Stock)

By Tom Perkins for Planet Detroit.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Michigan News Connection with support from the Solutions Journalism Network…

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More than 200 million people in the United States are estimated to currently have unhealthy levels of PFAS in their water. (Adobe Stock)
More than 200 million people in the United States are estimated to currently have unhealthy levels of PFAS in their water. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, March 30, 2023
At least 20 Colorado municipalities will have to improve their water treatment systems to remove so-called forever chemicals called PFAS from drinking…

One Environmental Working Group study found a majority of Americans' drinking-water supply contains PFAS or "forever" chemicals. (Adobe Stock)
One Environmental Working Group study found a majority of Americans' drinking-water supply contains PFAS or "forever" chemicals. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Kentucky cities and towns could soon start ramping up water monitoring for PFAS chemicals in response to the latest nationwide limits proposed by the …

Garrett Betts inspects his 275-gallon tank and trailer setup. Before Garrett built the trailer, he was hauling water with the tank in the bed of his truck.(Photo by Zachary Shephard)
Garrett Betts inspects his 275-gallon tank and trailer setup. Before Garrett built the trailer, he was hauling water with the tank in the bed of his truck.(Photo by Zachary Shephard)

By Zachary Shepherd and Kelsey Paulus for Kent State News Lab.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Co…

The 2022 Georgia Broadband Map documents 454,950 unserved addresses, about 90% of which are in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)
The 2022 Georgia Broadband Map documents 454,950 unserved addresses, about 90% of which are in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
A half-million Georgians face the reality of inadequate internet access, according to the state's broadband annual report. The glaring digital …

The most recent Farm Bill covered areas such as agricultural conservation, trade and foreign food assistance, farm credit and research. (Adobe Stock)
The most recent Farm Bill covered areas such as agricultural conservation, trade and foreign food assistance, farm credit and research. (Adobe Stock)

The U.S. Farm Bill is up for reauthorization, and Congress faces calls to avoid any delays so certain programs can keep helping farmers and consumers …

Most of the 2,900 internet service providers in the U.S. cover small geographic areas, according to BroadbandNow.com. Fewer than 240 of them serve parts of Georgia. (Alena Mozhjer)
Most of the 2,900 internet service providers in the U.S. cover small geographic areas, according to BroadbandNow.com. Fewer than 240 of them serve parts of Georgia. (Alena Mozhjer)

In rural Georgia, hardworking farmers grapple with staying competitive in the global market, and some said they are hindered by limited broadband …

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mexican gray wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. (Adobe Stock)
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mexican gray wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. (Adobe Stock)

The Mexican Gray Wolf population in New Mexico is on the rise. For the first time since reintroduction into the wild, the population of wolves …

At least 59 Mexican gray wolf packs were documented in 2022; 40 in New Mexico and 19 in Arizona. A wolf pack is defined as two or more wolves that maintain an established home range. (Adobe Stock)
At least 59 Mexican gray wolf packs were documented in 2022; 40 in New Mexico and 19 in Arizona. A wolf pack is defined as two or more wolves that maintain an established home range. (Adobe Stock)

The Mexican Gray Wolf population in Arizona is on the rise. For the first time since reintroduction into the wild, the population of wolves across …

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More than 500 elected officials have signed a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom in favor of a bill to establish accountability for price-gouging at California gas pumps. (Misunseo)
More than 500 elected officials have signed a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom in favor of a bill to establish accountability for price-gouging at California gas pumps. (Misunseo)

A bill designed to fight price-gouging at the gas pump is expected to pass the California State Assembly today and be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom …

Sky-high gas prices hit California drivers in the spring, summer and fall of 2022, before retreating to more normal levels in winter, after the midterm elections. (QuietWord/Adobe Stock)
Sky-high gas prices hit California drivers in the spring, summer and fall of 2022, before retreating to more normal levels in winter, after the midterm elections. (QuietWord/Adobe Stock)

California lawmakers hold a hearing in Sacramento today on a bill to hold oil companies and gasoline refiners accountable for alleged price gouging…

A new EPA rule will limit inhalable particles with diameters of 10 micrometers and smaller. (Adobe Stock)
A new EPA rule will limit inhalable particles with diameters of 10 micrometers and smaller. (Adobe Stock)

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of finalizing a new rule to improve air quality in America. The proposal will lower the amount …

In a 2022 national survey of teachers, 74% said climate change will have an enormous impact on students' futures, and it would be irresponsible not to address the matter in schools. (Adobe Stock)
In a 2022 national survey of teachers, 74% said climate change will have an enormous impact on students' futures, and it would be irresponsible not to address the matter in schools. (Adobe Stock)

A new report warns that the window is quickly closing to prevent the most harmful effects of climate change. As global leaders face pressure to act…

Texas, with about 367 miles of coastline, is expected to benefit from the output of offshore wind projects proposed by the Biden administration. (zentilia/Adobe Stock)
Texas, with about 367 miles of coastline, is expected to benefit from the output of offshore wind projects proposed by the Biden administration. (zentilia/Adobe Stock)

Offshore wind development is coming to Texas under the Biden administration's plan to grow America's clean-energy economy, and union members want the …

Student leaders learn about the estuary near Morro Rock, which is part of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. (Kai Monge)
Student leaders learn about the estuary near Morro Rock, which is part of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. (Kai Monge)

This week, Hispanic environmental advocates are heading to Washington, D.C., from around the country to engage lawmakers on issues affecting us all…

According to a report from the Rainforest Action Network, 60 of the largest banks funneled a little over $185 Billion into 100 companies doing the most to expand fossil fuels like ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco. (Adobe Stock)
According to a report from the Rainforest Action Network, 60 of the largest banks funneled a little over $185 Billion into 100 companies doing the most to expand fossil fuels like ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco. (Adobe Stock)

New York environmentalists are protesting banks heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry as part of a national day of action today (Tuesday)…

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The Idaho National Laboratory is located near Idaho Falls. (MichaelVi/Adobe Stock)
The Idaho National Laboratory is located near Idaho Falls. (MichaelVi/Adobe Stock)

The U.S. Department of Energy has opened a short public-comment window on an experimental nuclear technology in Idaho. The agency has released a …

The Trojan Nuclear Plant in Oregon was connected to the grid in 1975 and shut down in 1992. (David Falconer/Wikimedia Commons)
The Trojan Nuclear Plant in Oregon was connected to the grid in 1975 and shut down in 1992. (David Falconer/Wikimedia Commons)

A film premiering this week tackles the potential harms of the nuclear industry. Portland State University professor emeritus Jan Haaken directed …

It is estimated the U.S. has more than 80,000 metric tons of highly radioactive spent fuel currently sitting in storage at 72 commercial nuclear plants across the country. (Destina/Adobe Stock)
It is estimated the U.S. has more than 80,000 metric tons of highly radioactive spent fuel currently sitting in storage at 72 commercial nuclear plants across the country. (Destina/Adobe Stock)

A bill to block a nuclear waste storage facility in southeast New Mexico is being watched closely by opponents of the project. Don Hancock, director …

Beyond improving soil and farm animal health, agriculture researchers say managed grazing also provides good habitat for pollinators and wildlife. (Adobe Stock)
Beyond improving soil and farm animal health, agriculture researchers say managed grazing also provides good habitat for pollinators and wildlife. (Adobe Stock)

Congress has been holding hearings on the next Farm Bill, which has major implications for the nation's food system. It also shapes conservation …

Hogs and other livestock are used in what's known as "stock cropping," when animals are combined with traditional farming methods to clear and fertilize the land between crops. (Zack Smith)
Hogs and other livestock are used in what's known as "stock cropping," when animals are combined with traditional farming methods to clear and fertilize the land between crops. (Zack Smith)

By Twilight Greenaway for Civil Eats.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Iowa News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News …

Federal conservation programs are designed to help farmers implement practices that make their land more resilient to climate change, including improving soil health. (Adobe Stock)
Federal conservation programs are designed to help farmers implement practices that make their land more resilient to climate change, including improving soil health. (Adobe Stock)

There are longstanding federal programs that help farmers adopt climate-friendly practices in working their land. But a new report says despite some …

The Illinois Poison Center urges parents to store household cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances on high shelves and out of sight of young children. (Pixel Image/Adobe Stock)
The Illinois Poison Center urges parents to store household cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances on high shelves and out of sight of young children. (Pixel Image/Adobe Stock)

National Poison Prevention Week is coming up, and the staff at the Illinois Poison Center is getting the word out to be aware of toxic substances …

Soot is the most widespread and deadliest air pollutant in the United States and can lead to heart ailments, lung disease, asthma attacks and shortened lives. (Liubomir/Adobe Stock)
Soot is the most widespread and deadliest air pollutant in the United States and can lead to heart ailments, lung disease, asthma attacks and shortened lives. (Liubomir/Adobe Stock)

Most Texans take breathing for granted - unless the air is polluted. It's a health issue the Biden administration hopes to mitigate through new …

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An organizer tosses a chicken at an annual Wisconsin event that has drawn sharp criticism from animal rights advocates. (Photo courtesy United Poultry Concerns)
An organizer tosses a chicken at an annual Wisconsin event that has drawn sharp criticism from animal rights advocates. (Photo courtesy United Poultry Concerns)

Later this month, a western Wisconsin town will hold an annual celebration including an event known as a "chicken toss." Animal rights advocates say …

A new study says when a wolf pack leader dies, the chances of reproduction for that wolf pack are reduced by 49%. (Adobe Stock)
A new study says when a wolf pack leader dies, the chances of reproduction for that wolf pack are reduced by 49%. (Adobe Stock)

Wolf packs lose their ability to thrive when one of their members dies as a result of human activity, according to a new study that comes amid calls …

State Department of Natural Resources officials say 71 of 72 Wisconsin counties now have documented active eagle nests. (Adobe Stock)
State Department of Natural Resources officials say 71 of 72 Wisconsin counties now have documented active eagle nests. (Adobe Stock)

As the New Year takes shape, Wisconsin officials say they are still trying to get to the bottom of a recent death involving a bald eagle and are …

Many Washingtonians have seen their recycling costs increase in the past few years. (hiv360/Adobe Stock)
Many Washingtonians have seen their recycling costs increase in the past few years. (hiv360/Adobe Stock)

A bill in Olympia aims to reduce packaging and improve recycling in Washington state. The Washington Recycling and Packaging or WRAP Act is designed …

Construction of the Little Goose Dam in eastern Washington began in 1963 and was completed in 1970. (Brigida I. Sanchez/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Construction of the Little Goose Dam in eastern Washington began in 1963 and was completed in 1970. (Brigida I. Sanchez/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Four dams on the lower Snake River have been the sites of contention in the Northwest, and a recent report of an oil spill at one of the dams could …

The Nez Perce Tribe finds spring chinook salmon on the Snake River are unlikely to recover without substantial intervention. (Hanjo/Adobe Stock)
The Nez Perce Tribe finds spring chinook salmon on the Snake River are unlikely to recover without substantial intervention. (Hanjo/Adobe Stock)

An announcement from Washington state leaders on the future of the lower Snake River dams contained both good and bad news for groups defending native…

Some rural communities in Idaho rely on tourists visiting to fish for salmon. (Parilov/Adobe Stock)
Some rural communities in Idaho rely on tourists visiting to fish for salmon. (Parilov/Adobe Stock)

Salmon-season restrictions on the Columbia River are prompting regionwide discussions on what can be done to save the fish in the Northwest. Bob …

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Kelp-restoration efforts to remove purple urchins are under way or are planned for locations near Fort Bragg, Monterey and Big Sur, as well as in Oregon. (Kevin Joe)
Kelp-restoration efforts to remove purple urchins are under way or are planned for locations near Fort Bragg, Monterey and Big Sur, as well as in Oregon. (Kevin Joe)

Small sections of the kelp forests off the Mendocino coast are starting to recover with improved environmental conditions, thanks to a conservation …

A short-finned pilot whale is entangled in a drift gillnet. (NOAA, courtesy of Oceana)
A short-finned pilot whale is entangled in a drift gillnet. (NOAA, courtesy of Oceana)

Marine-conservation groups are celebrating after the U.S. House passed the America COMPETES Act on Friday. The bill primarily boosts semiconductor …

Dr. Matt Costa from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and intern Austin Lupo with WILDCOAST, collect soil samples at Brigantine Basin in Del Mar, Calif., to measure the stored carbon. (WILDCOAST)
Dr. Matt Costa from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and intern Austin Lupo with WILDCOAST, collect soil samples at Brigantine Basin in Del Mar, Calif., to measure the stored carbon. (WILDCOAST)

SAN DIEGUITO LAGOO, Calif. - Coastal protection groups are pressing California to prioritize so-called "blue carbon" ecosystems in the fight against …

 

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