Sustainability

Democrats, GOP hold competing hearings on endangered species bills

WASHINGTON - House Democrats and Republicans held competing hearings on proposals to amend the Endangered Species Act on Tuesday, where each side took up their own bills just days before the Trump administration rolls out changes to the decades-old act.

Businesses welcome, environmentalists dread end of Obama-era water rule

WASHINGTON - Farming, real estate and manufacturing representatives applauded as EPA and Army officials moved to end an Obama-era rule that expanded waters subject to regulation - a move environmental groups warned would mean virtually no protection for the nation's waterways - especially in the West.