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Bag Tax Rollback Considered In Montgomery County

A revision to the bag tax is being considered in Montgomery County that would exempt retailers not involved with in the sale of food.

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How An Aqueduct Turned Los Angeles Into A 'Garden Of Eden'

The pipeline that brings water out of California's Owens Valley to metropolitan Los Angeles turns 100 this month. The water wars it has spawned over the century still simmer, and the issues of water use, scarcity and stewardship are inextricable — if often invisible — to life in the city.
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Environmentalists Say Replacing Virginia's Route 460 Will Destroy Wetlands

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace Route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are complaining construction will wipe-out valuable wetlands.

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Hurricane Sandy Recovery, One Year Later

A year after Hurricane Sandy, recovery efforts are still ongoing, and questions remain about how to rebuild and prepare the coastlines for the next storm. A group of experts discusses rebuilding and protective options — from sea walls to "oyster-tecture" — and considers calls for a "managed retreat" from the shore.
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Are Farm Veterinarians Pushing Too Many Antibiotics?

When it comes to antibiotics on the farm, it's not always a win-win. And when there's a fight, veterinarians are right in the middle of it, pushed back and forth by conflicting loyalties.
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Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops'

Consumers in search of novelty are turning to once-obscure grains like quinoa, spelt and sorghum. But sorghum's great virtue for farmers is the fact that it can thrive with so little water.
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Should Maryland Allow A Natural Gas Export Facility On The Chesapeake Bay?

Now that a $3.8 billion liquified natural-gas export facility has received preliminary approval near Solomon's Island, Md., some environmentalists are fighting the plan.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From the environment to school lunches to a local campaign designed to get us dancing in our underwear, we'll bring you an eclectic array of stories on this week's "Wild Cards" show.

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In Sandy's Wake, Flood Zones And Insurance Rates Re-Examined

It's been a year since Hurricane Sandy knocked the mid-Atlantic states for a loop. Scientists say that as sea level rises, such storms are likely to occur more often. But the new, more realistic flood maps could boost flood insurance rates. Will politics trump science?
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How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water?

The bottled water industry says it uses water far more efficiently than other beverages. But water activists say that few companies in the beverage industry are calculating their total water footprint.

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