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Lumber Mill Helps Employees With Housing-Finance Program

VANCOUVER, Washington — Bob and Sharon Lewis had long wondered how they could help employees at their Columbia Vista lumber mill become homeowners. Then, a guest speaker from national mortgage financier Fannie Mae explained how an employer-assisted housing finance program could work. >> Read the Full Article

Council Eyes Plans To Add More Downtown Housing

ESCONDIDO, California — City Council members took both tangible and conceptual action Wednesday to create more housing downtown. >> Read the Full Article

Building's Completion Puts Pressure On CD-Case Maker Infiniti

PADUCAH, Ky. — Saeed Yousefian admits he never thought Paducahans would meet his deadline of erecting a 100,000-square-foot building in time to start making plastic cases for compact discs, DVDs and other optical media to companies such as RCA and Sony. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Lifts Injunctions on Oregon Salvage Logging of Nation's Worst 2002 Wildfire

PORTLAND, Oregon — A federal judge has lifted injunctions that had temporarily barred salvage logging from the site of the nation's worst wildfire in 2002, but the legal battle is not yet over. >> Read the Full Article

AEP Plans to Build "Clean-Coal" Plant

COLUMBUS , Ohio — American Electric Power (AEP) said Tuesday it plans to build at least one "clean-coal" plant by 2010 in response to environmentalist and shareholder demands to release pollution-reduction plans. >> Read the Full Article

Appalachian Trail is Vulnerable to New Forest Rules, Environmental Group Claims

WASHINGTON — About one of every 13 miles of the Appalachian Trail between Maine and Georgia passes through national forests where a Bush administration plan could allow clear cutting of wooded areas, an environmental group said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Japanese Government Challenges Court Order to Freeze Massive Land Reclamation Project

TOKYO — The government says it is challenging a district court ruling ordering it to halt a massive land reclamation project in southwestern Japan because it was damaging the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Klamath River Salmon Opponents Inch Toward Compromise

EUREKA, California — Two years after more than 35,000 salmon died on the Klamath River due to low water, the different groups fighting over the future of the area are inching toward a so-far elusive goal: compromise. >> Read the Full Article

Billion-Dollar Asian Reef Fish Industry in Peril

JAKARTA , Indonesia — An insatiable appetite for live reef fish in Asian restaurants is ravaging aquatic stocks in Indonesia , damaging reefs, and threatening the sustainability of a $1 billion industry in the region, a conservation group said. >> Read the Full Article

Technology Already Exists to Stabilize Climate, Say Experts

PRINCETON, New Jersey — Existing technologies could stop the escalation of global warming for 50 years, and work on implementing them can begin immediately, according to an analysis by Princeton University scientists. >> Read the Full Article