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Senate approves REI chief executive Jewell to lead Interior Dept.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sally Jewell as the new secretary of the interior Wednesday, sending the REI chief executive to the helm of a sprawling agency grappling with major decisions ranging from Arctic oil exploration to protection for the lesser prairie chicken.

April 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Congressional session may be one of worst ever, observers say

WASHINGTON - Now that the payroll-tax-break debacle has been resolved (for two months, anyway), it's time to ponder: Was the first session of the 112th Congress the worst ever?

December 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Biomass power plants get new scrutiny over emissions

Biomass power plants get new scrutiny over emissions

WASHINGTON - Simpson Tacoma Kraft would seem like one of the greener power plants. It boils water by burning sawdust, bark and wood shavings from sawmills and pulp mills, funneling the resulting high-pressure steam into a turbine to generate electricity.

March 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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