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Judge Dismisses Organic Farmers' Case Against Monsanto

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and several other plaintiff growers do not use Monsanto seeds, but had hoped that the federal judge would agree that Monsanto should not be allowed to sue them if pollen from the company's patented crops happened to drift into their fields.
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Cardin To Hold Hearing On Wastewater Infrastructure

Sen. Ben Cardin is planning to hold a hearing to address the challenges that local communities face on wastewater infrastructure needs.

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Ranchers' Land Becomes Ground Zero In Energy Fight

Landowners in Nebraska were offered large sums of money to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to cross their land on its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast. For some, the proposed pipeline symbolized new jobs and energy independence, but others saw it as environmentally dangerous.

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Who's A Park For? Dog Owners Fight Park Service

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is expanding, but the relationship between the National Park Service and locals is off to a rocky start. New rules say people can't walk dogs off-leash anymore, and the community is furious.
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Mild Winter May Be Keeping Flu Bugs At Bay

Flu season usually peaks around February. But this year it's missing in action, with the CDC reporting the slowest start to the flu season on record. Peter Palese, a microbiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses whether unseasonably warm winter weather may be to thank.
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Powering Up...With A Microbial Fuel Cell

Reporting in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers write of harvesting electricity from microbe-rich river sediments--enough to power a small LED bulb. Grant Burgess, a marine biotechnologist at Newcastle University, discusses the hunt for electron-burping bugs.
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Virginia Republicans Defend Mercury Paper

Prominent Virginia Republicans have stepped up to defend Mercury Paper, which stands accused of using protected rainforest materials in their paper products, prompting questiond of impropriety.

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Boilers Pose Environmental Problem In Virginia

Environmental groups in Virginia are targetting industrial boilers, which they say emit dangerous substances into the commonwealth's air.

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