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Environmental Outlook: Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug tops the USDA's list of most invasive insects. Since arriving on the East Coast aboard a ship from Asia, they've spread to 40 states and threaten billions of dollars in crops. In this month's Environmental Outlook, we look at the biology and ecology of stink bugs and efforts to control their invasion.

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Fertilizer Plant Safety And Oversight

The fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, raises questions about the safety of similar facilities around the country. Concerns over how fertilizer plants are regulated and risks to the public.

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Bargaining Over Immigration Reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O. have reportedly struck a deal on key elements of immigration reform. We examine the back-room bargaining between these two powerful groups and their influence on eventual legislation.

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Urban Farming And Agricultural History

We explore how creative urban farmers are reconnecting communities with local food sources and forgotten pieces of their agricultural history.

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Smithsonian Seeks Farming Stories From Public

Museum curators are looking for help in putting together an exhibit to showcase how farming in the U.S. has changed over the years.

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The Inside Story On Olive Oil

A new study says a Mediterranean diet prevents heart disease, thanks in part to the ubiquitous olive oil. We explore what's really inside that dark bottle, what extra virgin really means and why olive oil is so good for you.

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Virginia Farming Exports Break Records

While the sequester threatens to hit Virginia's economy especially hard, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday that the commonwealth hit a record in agricultural exports.

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Virginia Lawmakers Reject Farm Sales Bill

Virginia lawmakers have rejected a bill that would strengthen local farmers' rights to sell products.

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"Kingdom of Rarities"

One wildlife biologist is tracking the planet's rarest animals, in hopes of understanding why they’re scarce and what it means for all species. We explore his research, and how technology is helping catalog the world's biodiversity.

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Hostage Crisis In Algeria

Americans at an oil facility in Algeria were among a number of people taken hostage yesterday. An Islamic militant group has claimed responsibility. An update on the crisis.

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