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As virus surges, governors turn to federal government for help

Coronavirus cases across the U.lS. are surging at an alarming rate, with more shutdowns looming. A vaccine is still months away from wide distribution. But Americans need help now and governors are pleading with the government for help.

Arizona State University says it won't 'pause' COVID-19 modeling

Tucson - Arizona State University will continue to provide COVID-19 models to the public despite instructions from the Arizona Department of Health Services to "pause" the work, the university confirmed.

Why the Strategic National Stockpile doesn't belong to the states

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, most Americans had no idea the U.S. had a national stockpile of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency. On Friday, we found out these supplies don't belong to us.

Ruling — Youth cannot sue federal government over climate crisis

The ninth circuit court of appeals ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over the climate crisis, citing concerns about separation of powers.

Vogtle power plant gets go-ahead despite budget overages

Atlanta - The owners of the last nuclear power plant still under construction in the U.S. say the project will continue after they resolved a disagreement about the multi-billion-dollar budget overages.

Texas oil companies want feds to pay for climate protection

Houston - The burning of fossil fuels is the driving force behind climate change, and now the companies responsible want the federal government to help pay to protect them from the consequences to the tune of about $12 billion.

Ottawa will cover losses if Trans Mountain pipeline delayed

Ottawa - The Canadian government is prepared to indemnify Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday.

Federal Government to intervene in Trans Mountain Court case

Ottawa - Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould says the federal government will intervene in the British Columbia court case over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Alberta plans on imposing 'serious economic consequences' on B.C.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion threatens the rule of law in Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.

California to force social media platforms to identify 'bots'

California lawmakers don't think social media companies are doing enough to safeguard consumers, so legislators have proposed a bill that would force platforms to identify automated accounts and deal with them within three days.

Ontario project to connect 16 First Nation communities to grid

Thunder Bay - A new agreement between Ontario First Nations, the federal government and the province will see 16 northern communities connected to the power grid in a $1.6-billion project that will end their dependence on diesel fuel for power.

Wildfires in U.S. are a growing national emergency

The U.S. wildfire season has gotten off to an early and intense start, scorching more than 5.2 million acres since the beginning of the year. There are 47 very large fires burning across nine states and they should be considered a national emergency.

Moratorium creates major roadblock to US and Canadian fuel exports

While the move received little attention from the mainstream media, on March 21, 2017, the Whatcom County, Washington Council voted in favor of extending for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.

Gas taxes and crumbling roads — How do we pay for our highways?

A conundrum is facing state legislatures across the country - How to pay for critical transportation infrastructure with a declining gas tax revenue? And how can states make up for the decline without penalizing those of us who are leading greener lives?

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

Nearly 4,100 sea turtles sucked into Florida power plant

Port St. Lucie - For the past decade, nearly 4,100 endangered sea turtles — over one every day — have been sucked into the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island, near Port St. Lucie, Florida. Nearly one-tenth of the marine animals are injured or killed.

Eleven U.S. states are now saying 'No' to Syrian refugees

On Sunday, after Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced their states would not accept any Syrian refugees, prompting nine more states to say "no" to Syrian refugees on Monday.

Op-Ed: America's overcrowded prisons won't be going away any time soon

Washington - President Barack Obama has recently taken steps to address the problem of prison overpopulation in the U.S. He has told us something many people probably don't want to hear — there isn't much he can really do about it.

Op-Ed: Kansas limits ATM withdrawals to $25 for welfare recipients

Wichita - In a controversial move, Kansas will continue to implement a $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients, even though this restriction may violate federal law.

ACHE Act addresses health problems associated with MTR mining Special

In 2001, after retiring, Bo Webb moved back to Clay's Branch hollow in West Virginia where he had been raised. Shortly thereafter Webb came face-to-face with mountaintop removal mining, and he was sickened and appalled.

Supreme Court case deals with cheerleaders cheering for Jesus

Kountze - Cheerleaders are taking a case to the Supreme Court of Texas. Team members had banners removed or censored and are claiming that this infringes on their right to free speech.

Louisiana Governor does an about-face on Common Core standards

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in a complete about-face, announced on Wednesday his plans to remove Louisiana schools from the nation's Common Core English and math standards. The move would make Louisiana the fourth state to withdraw this year.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Joint Review Panel urges approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

Calgary - Today, the long awaited Joint Review Panel released a lengthy report recommending approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline but with 209 conditions. Environmental groups vow to stop it for the sake of our climate, land and water.

Op-Ed: Defend our climate, Defend our communities protest on November 16

On November 16, 2013, thousands of Canadians will gather including environmental organizations, community groups, and First Nations for the “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities” national day of action to protest pipeline expansion.

U.S. shutdown leads to health risks

As US health services, including the FDA, CDC and USDA limp along due to the federal government shutdown, a salmonella outbreak has occurred.

Op-Ed: America's child President

In a time when America needs her president, Obama once again pits his federal government against the American people punishing them for government actions.

Interview: Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for FIPA appeal Special

Vancouver - Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA or FIPPA). If ratified, Canada would be bound to this agreement for 31 years, undermining democratic control of our natural resources.

Interview: MP Don Davies discusses the Canada-China pact FIPPA Special

Vancouver - MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) discusses implications of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA or FIPA), encourages transparency and consultation with Canadians and First Nations before it’s ratified.

B.C. rejects the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project

Calgary - The B.C. Liberal government rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project shortly after they were elected to office. The project was fraught with conflict, and analysis of evidence for this pipeline approval was thorough and relentless.
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