Democrat David Wu represents an Oregon district that includes a swath of Pacific coastline. In the last Congress, he got a bill through the House that would have stepped up federal efforts to study and prepare for natural disasters.
Scientists representing seven states, including Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change rules on certain pesticides to allow farmers to better fight stink bugs.
It's cherry blossom season and the showy flowers will soon be at their peak, drawing around a million visitors. But there's another, less famous flower in our region that may be worth a visit. It's a remarkable blossom that quite literally burns its way out of the ice as early as January.
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