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Educators preserve, shape future with 'ALT NEW COLLEGE'; NY appeals court denies delay for Trump civil fraud trial; Michigan coalition gets cash influx to improve childcare.

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A House Committee begins its first hearing in the Biden impeachment inquiry, members of Congress talk about the looming budget deadline and energy officials testify about the Maui wildfires.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

The solar power market in Illinois is valued at $3.7 billion and growing, with a total capital investment in wind, solar, and energy storage projects exceeding $17 billion. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
A new report ranks Illinois first among 11 Midwestern states for the amount of clean power capacity under construction, and second for new clean …

Climate change board games emphasize teamwork and group success. Either all players win together, or no one survives. (dvande/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
By Debra J. Rosenthal for The Conversation.Broadcast version by Farah Siddiqi for Ohio News Connection for the Public News Service-Conversation …

The "Solar for All" competition, part of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund initiative, will make 60 grants to help communities bring in more residential solar. (Simone/Adobestock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Cities and nonprofits are racing to finish their applications for the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - the deadline is October 12…

There were 626 trespass-related fatalities and almost 550 trespass injuries across the country in 2022, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
Utah saw 13 railroad-crossing collisions that included three fatalities in 2020, according to the most recent data available from the Federal …

The state of Illinois offers a $4,000 rebate on electric vehicles, in addition to federal incentives. (Adobe Stock)
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Experts say consumer interest and sales of electric vehicles in Illinois and across the country are not slowing down. Illinois is among the top 10 …

New vehicles that are assembled outside of North America are not eligible for a tax credit. (Stefan Bayer / Adobe Stock)
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One expert says interest and sales of electric cars aren't stalling. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada has one of the highest …

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Indiana is home to 94 solar-energy companies, although the state still gets less than 1% of its power from solar. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
A proposal to allow utility-scale solar operations for Washington Township in Delaware County is meeting with some setbacks and one nonpartisan group …

This summer's stretches of smoky air, brought on by Canadian wildfires, have prompted more concern in the Midwest about the arrival of climate-change threats and how cities can respond. (Adobe Stock)
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New polling suggests most Americans support nationwide efforts to boost renewable energy capacity under the threat of climate change, and a local …

New Mexico's planned electric vehicle infrastructure would allow motorists to charge a vehicle in 30 to 45 minutes for about $20. (AdobeStock/serperm73)
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New Mexico wants more residents to drive electric vehicles, and is hosting a series of meetings to explain its advanced clean cars and trucks rules…

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Agrivoltaics is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the use of land for both agriculture and solar-energy generation. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
The arrival of fall has farmers transitioning to the harvest season, but what if some gathered their crops with rows of solar panels right alongside …

11 Idaho wastewater facilities accounted for more than half of discharge violations in 2022. (Kekyalyaynen/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
A new report finds more than half of the sewage facilities in Idaho had pollution violations in 2022. The sixth annual analysis by the Idaho …

The EPA is proposing changes to the federal emission standards to ensure 67% of new light-duty vehicles and 25% of new heavy-duty trucks sold in the United States be electric by 2032. (Valeriia/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Amid the United Auto Workers strike, some advocates argued it is time to implement clean car standards. Gary Schlack, a city council member in Allen …

Montana has more than 30 million acres of state and federal lands, nearly one third of the state. Conservation advocates are holding a photo contest featuring people and their dogs to celebrate being outdoors. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
This is the last weekend to get involved in a photo competition designed to encourage Montanans to explore the wilderness with their pets. There …

There are about 1,900 grizzlies in the Northern Rockies states of WY, ID, MT and WA.  <br />There are 30, 000 in Alaska and about 23,000 in Canada. The grizzlies in Alaska are not listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Three conservation groups have sued to stop a large logging project near Yellowstone National Park they say threatens endangered species in Montana…

Grand Teton National Park's 2.8 million visitors last year added $597 million to gateway communities, according to a new National Park Service report. (Adobe Stock)
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Imagine reaching your favorite Grand Teton National Park trail in half the time because of new pull-outs that clear traffic on arterial roads…

In 1920, Black people made up 14% of all farmers. It is estimated Black farmers lost around $326 billion worth of land within the 20th century. BIPOC farmers now make up less than 5% of all U.S. farmers. (Heather Craig/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Advocates are drawing attention to systemic racism in farming across North Carolina and the nation. The National Farm Worker Ministry is hosting its …

Ag-based organizations say if there's a government shutdown, it would add more stress to those trying to adopt a new Farm Bill because lawmakers could not consult with furloughed USDA staff about the importance of certain programs. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
The current Farm Bill expires Sept. 30 and with a looming government shutdown, reauthorization does not appear imminent. Wisconsin farm groups say …

Iowa has more than 30 million acres of farmed land, and boasts the nation's highest production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs, according to Iowa Farm Facts. (Adobe Stock)
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Rural advocates are supporting the Farmland for Farmers Act in Congress. It would restrict the amount of Iowa farmland large corporations can own…

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The U.S. Department of the Interior currently manages 11,000 bison in herds across 4.6 million acres of public lands in a dozen states. (Adobe Stock)
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The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced $5 million in funding to help reintroduce bison to Native American Tribal lands around the country…

The U.S. Department of the Interior currently manages 11,000 bison in herds across 4.6 million acres of public lands in a dozen states. (Adobe Stock)
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The U.S. Interior Department has invested $5 million in reintroducing bison to Native American Tribal lands across the country. Montana's iconic …

Thousands of miles of fencing in Wyoming and across the Western U.S., which act as barriers to wildlife seeking winter and summer ranges, was installed over 100 years ago. (Adobe Stock)
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A new partnership between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) aims to improve migration corridors …

Water Equals Life is a coalition of water justice advocates, environmental groups and social justice groups who have come together in a statewide campaign to ensure everyone's basic human need for access to clean, safe, and affordable water is met, regardless of income. (Bovart/Adobe Stock)
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Michigan water rates have surged more than 40% since 2010, and it is a trend that's expected to continue as cities and utilities work to upgrade …

Environmental groups note that runoff from factory farms can result in nitrate pollution in nearby rivers and streams. (Adobe Stock)
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will hold off on imposing new regulations dealing with factory farms amid concerns about their li…

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota ranks second in the nation for hog production. (Adobe Stock)
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will hold off on imposing new regulations dealing with factory farms amid concerns about their li…

PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," enter public water systems across the country through industrial discharges and other substances, such as firefighting foam. (Rawpixels)
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Environmental groups say a proposal to cut $4 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency budget would gut the regulations designed to clean up t…

It's estimated that 200 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with PFAS, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (Rachel Conn)
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Environmental groups and concerned citizens scored a victory in New Mexico on Thursday that could lead to better regulation of PFAS, also known as …

A new U.S. Geological Survey study confirms that PFAS, or "forever chemicals," have a stronger presence in urban drinking water systems. But health and environmental experts warn even low levels pose a threat to human health. (Adobe Stock)
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A new government study estimates nearly half of the nation's tap water has at least one type of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), also known …

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In 2017, the U.S. government was criticized for its response to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Since then, the island has been lauded for community-level efforts to make towns and cities there more climate resilient. (Adobe Stock)
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Next week, elected officials in Minnesota, along with Latine and environmental organizations, will gather to discuss a recent delegation trip to …

Efforts to clean up and naturalize the Pacoima wash will get a big boost with new funds from the "Greening America's Cities" initiative. (Kriddl/Wikimedia Commons)
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The L.A. area is about to get $12-million dollars from Bezos Earth Fund's "Greening America's Cities" initiative. One of the first projects will be …

The Congressional Budget Office puts the 2018-2023 Farm Bill price tag at around $428 billion. (Adobe Stock)
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People's wallets continue to feel the impact of high food prices, and local environmental groups say sustainable food systems and regenerative …

The U.S. Department of Energy wants to develop nuclear waste interim storage facilities. (Satakorn/Adobe Stock)
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Federal officials are in Idaho to discuss where to store nuclear waste. The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, an independent federal agency…

The new film "Oppenheimer" chronicles development and detonation of the first nuclear bomb near the homes of Hispanic and Native American residents in New Mexico. (magann/Adobe Stock)
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This summer's "Oppenheimer" movie will shine a light on development of the first nuclear weapons, but for many in southern New Mexico it is another …

Radioactive waste is typically stored at the site where it's generated. (MichaelVi/Adobe Stock)
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Concerns are growing in the west about nuclear waste transportation. On Tuesday, the Snake River Alliance is holding a webinar on these concerns…

Roughly 68 million culverts carry roadways that were built with design approaches dating from the 1950s, which did not consider the needs of aquatic organisms to move up and downstream, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Adobe Stock)
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Fish passage is set to improve in the Northwest with an investment from Congress's bipartisan infrastructure law. The Biden administration has …

Salmon populations in the Northwest face growing decline in the region. (jamie/Adobe Stock)
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The Biden Administration is considering the future of Pacific Northwest salmon and the effect of dams in the region. The White House Council on …

The lower Snake River dams are aging, reducing their usefulness especially in energy production. (Samir Arora/Adobe Stock)
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Funding in Washington state's budget is pushing efforts forward to remove four lower Snake River dams in order to save salmon. Lawmakers committed …

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When the summer heat becomes unbearable, pet owners are urged to go to great lengths to keep their animals cool, including a constant stream of safe drinking water. And experts say you should never assume your pet can swim, and you should monitor them at all times near the water. (Adobe Stock)
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Next week, parts of Wisconsin will see the return of near 90-degree temperatures. Animal rights voices say as hot stretches become more common…

The Chesapeake Legal Alliance sued in May to challenge the Virginia Marine Resources Commission's standards on menhaden harvesting. The proposed regulations would have pushed these operations away from the shores of Chesapeake Bay in the hopes of preventing net spills. (Adobe Stock)
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Virginia fishermen want action to be taken to keep industrial menhaden operations in the state in check. Menhaden are a nutrient-rich fish and a key …

According to the group Veterinarians.org, using FBI figures, Indiana ranked 7th among states in 2021 for the number of animal cruelty cases, with 627 incidents.(Adobe Stock)
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Hoosiers are enjoying the arrival of summer, but it is not the only important event on the calendar this week. For more than 30 years, the third …

Fans of movies such as "The Little Mermaid" and "Moana" are organizing to protect oceans, lakes and rivers. (Fandom Forward)
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By Britny Cordera for imagine5.com.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Publ…

The bat ray is one of the species often caught, killed and thrown overboard as bycatch by fishing crews using gillnets. (Jami Feldman/Underwater Paparazzi)
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Massive mile-long gillnets weighted to the seafloor three miles off the California coast are set to catch halibut or sea bass - but end up entangling …

William Toney is a fourth-generation fishing guide and Homosassa native who lobbied local and state elected officials to protect the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve. (Charlie Shoemaker/The Pew Charitable Trusts)
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Florida's newest aquatic preserve is officially set to move forward, with a management plan aimed at protecting some 350,000 acres of sea grass…

Texas is a leading exporter of agricultural commodities, including peanuts. (maryviolet/AdobeStock)
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Texas farmers who want to transition some of their land from conventional crops to organics are getting help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Produce Purpose has two goals in mind - to offer meaningful employment to individuals with special needs and to bring healthy, nutritional food to college campuses. (Adobe Stock)
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William Peace University is teaming up with Produce Purpose, a nonprofit organization, to install a hydroponic farming operation on campus. The new …

Agriculture accounts for about 60% of the land area in Georgia, according to the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.  (Budimir Jevtic/Adobe Stock)
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Georgia farmers are watching a bill that is being reintroduced in Congress for ways to help their farms become more sustainable and less likely to con…

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Some 90% of middle and high schools and 84% of elementary schools were providing a device for every student, according to a March 2021 Education Week survey of school leaders. (Adobe Stock)
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Education advocates say pending expiration dates for Google Chromebooks teach kids the wrong lesson about technology. Software on thirteen models …

People can cut down on single-use plastics by avoiding bottled soft drinks and bottled water, and bringing reusable jugs instead. (Lazyllama/Adobe Stock)<br />
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This Fourth of July, ocean conservation groups want Americans to declare their independence from single-use plastics. A new report, "Charting a …

Once laptops have expired, they don't receive updates and can't access secure websites. (Adobe Stock)
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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund is urging Google to allow Chromebook owners a right to repair the devices and extend their …

 

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