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Why Banning Plastic Grocery Bags Could Be A Bad Move

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Denise Brinley is executive director at the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Energy. The state produces "playbooks" to highlight ways old coal power plant sites could be redeveloped. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites

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Kenneth Feinberg has been appointed to oversee talks between Bayer's lawyers and plaintiffs' representatives for a court-mandated settlement over claims that the weedkiller Roundup caused cancer. Lauren Victoria Burke/AP hide caption

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Farmers have produced record or near-record soybean crops in recent years. Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Collateral Damage Of The Trade War, Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened

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Floods That Hit The Midwest In March Continue To Affect The Farm Economy

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An analysis of air quality and childhood asthma in Los Angeles found that kids' health improved when smog declined. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

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Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous. Which is why a group of 40 scientists and engineers from all over the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption. NPR hide caption

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A sheriff's deputy finds part of a jaw bone on a ranch in Brooks County, Texas. This is the ninth set of human remains the sheriff's office has recovered this year. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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The wake of a supply vessel heading toward a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2015. The Coast Guard says it has contained the oil spill. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was among the most controversial of President Trump's original Cabinet-level picks. Pete Marovich/Getty Images hide caption

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An employee of the District of Columbia Housing Authority walks on the grounds of a public housing complex called Richardson Dwellings in Northeast Washington, D.C. The Trump administration wants to eliminate the federal fund now used to repair public housing in favor of attracting more private investment to repair and replace it. Amr Alfiky/NPR hide caption

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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

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Debris blankets the north side of one of the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean. Researchers found a huge amount of plastic both onshore and buried in the sand. Courtesy of Silke Stuckenbrock hide caption

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Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic

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