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MTBE Gas Additive Protection, DeLay at Center of Energy Debate
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is being challenged by Democrats on one of his top priorities -- protecting makers of the gasoline additive MTBE from liability lawsuits, an issue that blocked energy legislation two years ago.

Wal-Mart to Fund Wildlife Habitat
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, pledged Tuesday to spend $35 million compensating for wildlife habitat lost nationwide beneath its corporate "footprint."

Norway's Statoil Shuts Down Oil Drilling Rig After Arctic Oil Spill
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Oil exploration drilling from the offshore rig Eirik Raude has been shut down after its third spill into ecologically fragile Arctic waters in just over two months, Statoil ASA announced Wednesday.

Whole Foods, Nation's Biggest Organic and Natural Food Seller, to Enter Milwaukee Market
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The nation's largest seller of organic and natural foods will open a Milwaukee supermarket, launching a powerful niche player into the area's grocery business, and creating a new retail anchor for an east side neighborhood.

Report Shows Good Progress on Small Grain Planting in Iowa
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

When Dan and Pat Kubik planted 25 acres of organic flax a little more than a week ago, the couple had their doubts.

EU Considers Suspending U.S. Corn Gluten Imports in Biotech Dispute
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Ames, Associated Press

The European Union is considering suspending imports of corn gluten animal feed from the United States worth 347 million euros ($450 million) a year after shipments of an unauthorized genetically modified corn were sent to the EU, a spokesman said Monday.

Global-Warming Experts Address 100 Loggers
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some experts say global warming is changing wooded regions across the nation, and Northwest timber industry workers are among those following the phenomenon amid concern it could eventually affect their livelihoods.

Japanese Whaling Ships Leave for Controversial Research Hunt off Northern Coast
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six ships left a port in northern Japan on Monday for a whale hunt in an offshore research program that critics have denounced as a cover for commercial whaling.

On Beyond Organic: Organic Marijuana
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

About two months ago, California's Mendocino County petitioned the state to allow regulation and certification of organic marijuana farms.

In Latin America, a New Gold Rush Runs into Opposition over Strip Mines, Cyanide
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

A surge in world gold prices is attracting U.S. and Canadian companies eager for another crack at the Latin American lodes that once enriched the Old World. But their modern-day methods -- strip mines and cyanide-based refining -- are meeting fierce resistance.

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