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Local Lawmakers Face Big Year of Environmental Decisions

It's going to be a big year for the environment — especially in Maryland, where state lawmakers will be debating the future of both wind power and fracking.

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Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Susquehanna River

Biologists have found invasive zebra mussels in the Susquehanna River and are now urging boaters to take precautions against bringing the species into new, untainted waterways. 

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Maryland Fracking Opponents Call For Study

Environmentalists in Maryland are renewing the push for a moratorium on fracking for natural gas until a study has been conducted.

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Kulluk Drilling Rig Being Towed To Shelter In Alaska

The Kulluk, the Shell oil-drilling rig that washed aground last weekend, is afloat and being towed to shelter on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. The craft began its 30-mile trip late Sunday night. Examinations of the vessel have not found any signs of a leak.
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'Black Gold Boom' Brings New Life To North Dakota

An oil boom is transforming life in the western part of the Peace Garden State. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Todd Melby of the interactive radio project "Black Gold Boom," and with Anita Hayden, a young oil field worker in North Dakota.
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iPads, China: Twin Threats To Wisconsin's Paper Industry

The paper industry once employed thousands of people across the state. Now, mills are closing. John Schmid of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the state of the industry in Wisconsin as well as in China. He explains how the state is losing a publishing-grade paper mill each year.
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Tsunami Warnings Canceled For Alaskan Coast After Quake

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit late Friday night, but warnings were canceled after it appeared the tsunami no longer posed a threat.
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Dumpster Diver TV: Austrians Cook Up Food Waste Reality Show

Inspired by shows like Fear Factor, an Austrian artist teamed up with chefs and waste divers to demonstrate the delicious possibilities of trash. In each episode, they set off by bike in search of "bio trashcans," where organic waste is most likely to be found.
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Budget Deal Provides Tax Breaks For Green Energy

Congress included an array of benefits for renewable energy and energy saving technologies in its "fiscal cliff" package. Homeowners can get tax credits for upgrading their houses to make them more energy efficient or buying energy star appliances. Industries that produce alternative energies from biodiesel to wind power got big incentives to produce more cleaner power.

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