Sara Jerving
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How Simple Palm Oil Undermined Liberia's Efforts to Contain Ebola

Decades of mismanagement and abuse have eroded government trust, preventing the state from effectively combating the epidemic.

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The Climate Change Battle: New Campaign Hopes to Hit Fossil Fuel Industry Where it Hurts Most

A new campaign seeks to bring climate change and the dangers of the fossil fuel industry back into public discourse. Will it work?
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Todd Akin Loses: Mourdock, Mandel Lose Bids for Senate, US Senate Gains Women

After Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock lost their bids for the Senate, which now includes a record number of women, marking a legitimate defeat for extremists in the GOP.
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Won't Back Down Movie: New Film Pushes Faulty ALEC Parent Trigger Laws to Fix US Schools

The film's distortion of the facts prompts an examination of its funders and a closer look at those promoting Parent Trigger as a cure for what ails the US education system.
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New York Fracking Debate: Andrew Cuomo Faces Protests From Angry New Yorkers

For the NY governor, there is the possibility of political consequences for giving in to the industry.
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Paul Ryan Economic Plan: Back in Wisconsin, Constituents Are Not Doing So Well

Constituents say Paul Ryan's economy isn't working for them.

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ALEC Bribes Politicians Under the Guise of a Scholarship Program

One Louisiana politician sent out letters asking corporations for $1,000 donations to send 30 legislators to an ALEC conference.
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Secret Congressional Reports May Be Made Public

A resolution has been introduced in the House to make Congressional Research Reports available to the public.
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Andrew Cuomo Fracking Policy Hammered in New Film, ALEC Fights Back

Andrew Cuomo's plan to open economically distressed parts of the state to hydraulic fracturing has come under fire. But he is now getting conservative help.
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War on the EPA: ALEC Leads Effort By Congress to Stop Regulating Coal Ash as 'Toxic Waste'

A new bill would prohibit the EPA from ever setting federally enforceable safeguards for the disposal of toxic coal ash.
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Anti-Fracking Occupy Protester Camp Raided By Police in Pennsylvania

This move by water company Aqua America could be premonitory of upcoming battles over the role of for-profit water companies in capitalizing on fracking to the detriment of people’s needs.

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Scott Walker Pollution Scandal Adds More Fire to Wisconsin Recall Election

This is not the first environmental scandal involving the Walker administration and its political allies.
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Johnson & Johnson Finds it Hard to Break Up With ALEC

J&J is one of the companies that has so far stood by ALEC, despite ALEC's role in pushing “model” laws that make it harder for Americans to vote and that advance the NRA’s gun agenda.
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ALEC Wages War on EPA, Pushes Coal Ash Regulation Through the House

The House passes an ALEC-inspired Coal Ash regulation which would pre-empt the EPA's own regulations.
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ALEC Dropped by Reed Elsevier, Joins McDonald's and Pepsi in Mass Exodus

Reed Elsevier joins a mass corporate exodus from ALEC, bringing the total number of corporations that have cut ties with the controversial organization to ten.
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The Fracking Frenzy's Impact on Women

Chemicals used in fracking have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive health problems, and there have been reports of rises in crimes against women in some fracking "boom" towns.

Trayvon Martin Killing Draws Hundreds to Protest Stand Your Ground Laws

Trayvon Martin's killing brought hundreds of people to the headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Thursday to rally against the extremist legislation that it pushes.
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Why Isn't the EPA Doing More to Regulate Toxic Sludge? (Hint: Lobbyists!)

In-depth report: The EPA's standards for monitoring toxic sludge are woeful, and that's because of a concerted lobbying effort to rebrand sewage sludge as natural "compost."
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International Women's Day Showcase: Reporting on Peace-Building and Corruption From Africa's Largest Slum

A female reporter reflects on her experiences as a broadcaster for a community radio station in Kenya.