7:28am

Wed July 30, 2014
Environment

Denver EPA Hearing Draws A Crowd

Coal supporters opposed to the EPA rules rally in front of the state capitol, July 29, 2014. The EPA hearing was being held nearby in downtown Denver the same day.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Denver on proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Denver hearing is one of several the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting across the country on the plans.

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7:25am

Wed July 30, 2014

7:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
Energy

Oil Overtakes Ag As North Dakota's Economic Breadwinner

A drill rig outisde of Williston, North Dakota pictured in 2011.
Lindsey Gira Flickr - Creative Commons

Farming and ranching have always been the biggest industries in North Dakota. But now, oil has knocked agriculture from the top spot. Mining – which includes oil – is now worth $8.5 billion dollars in the state. Agriculture is closer to 7 billion.

It’s a milestone for a state that had hardly any oil production 10 years ago, and the change has created some tension.

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5:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
School Lunch

School Districts Ready For New Year With Healthier Snacks

Cheetos advertises its reformulated snack food that meets new USDA health standards, at the School Nutrition Association conference earlier this month.
Michelle R. Simon

Clif Bars are gone. There's no more beef jerky, and the chip selection in the Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6's vending machines will look a little different in 2014.

The district, along with schools across Colorado and the nation, is implementing new U.S. Department of Agriculture healthy snack food guidelines that went into effect July 1.

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12:45pm

Tue July 29, 2014
National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Visits Hurt By Shutdown, Floods

Section of Old Fall River Road washed out by flooding
Rocky Mountain National Park

Visits to national parks were down across the U.S. by about 9.1 million in 2013 – a decline of 3.2 percent, according to a new National Parks Service report on park attendance that year. In Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park saw an even greater decline, with visits down by 7.4 percent.

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