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5:39pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Business

The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

A worker at Ford's assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., installs back seats made from soy-based foam in a Ford C-Max.
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It's earnings season on Wall Street, and investors are again looking to quarterly reports to gauge the health of companies. Some environmentalists are looking to so-called "sustainability reports" — how companies are improving their ecological footprints. But not all environmentalists are putting so much stock in these reports.

Andrew Hoffman, at the University of Michigan, breaks environmentalists into two colors, or rather shades of a color. First, the perspective of the "dark greens":

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5:38pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Energy

For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

President Obama's environmental plan won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.
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Almost as soon as it was unveiled, opponents were lining up to oppose President Obama's new plan to limit carbon emissions. The new rules would require states to lower their carbon emissions by nearly a third over the next decade and a half.

The rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. But there are also industries that will benefit from the plan.

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5:34pm

Tue August 4, 2015
The Salt

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:51 pm

Laws in Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa have also made it illegal for activists to smuggle cameras into industrial animal operations.
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Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech.

But what about the other handful of other states with similar laws on the books?

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5:31pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Health

Grandparents Step In When Parents Get Hooked On Opiates

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4:47pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Around the Nation

Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

Pep is featured in the Dec. 26, 1925 issue of the Boston Daily Globe. But Gov. Pinchot's wife, Cornelia, later set the tall tale straight in an interview with The New York Times.
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A 1925 article in The Boston Daily Globe featured a photo of a dog at a radio microphone for a special remote broadcast from a Pennsylvania prison.

He looks like a friendly, dark-haired Labrador. Two prison officers on either side have a hand on his back.

The caption says: This is Pep, "the pet dog Gov. Pinchot of Pennsylvania sentenced to Eastern State Penitentiary for life."

"He had killed the Governor's wife's cat," or so the story went, says Annie Anderson, the historic site researcher at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia — now a museum.

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4:33pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Politics

Fox News' Debate Selection Method Is Not Without Critics

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:31 pm

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4:29pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Health

In A Florida County, Overdose Epidemic Is 'More Like A War'

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:31 pm

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4:29pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Around the Nation

In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:31 pm

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4:29pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Religion

In A Try For Transparency, Mormon Church Releases Historical Documents

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4:29pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Around the Nation

'All You Can Do Is Pray': Wildfire Rages In Northern California

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:31 pm

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