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Poultry Waste Having Negative Impact On Local Waterways

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Chicken consumption has more than doubled since the 1970s, according to a new study by the Pew Environment Group.

But the report says the manure produced by all those chickens can seep into waterways, fostering algae blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says this is especially true of chicken farms in Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The study recommends capping the number of chickens at farms if farmers can't find methods to deal with their waste.

But poultry producers say they're already taking significant steps to improve the industry's environmental impact. They also point out the waste is full of nutrients that are good for crops.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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