Erika Bolstad

Old farm bill extended as special interests worry anew about future

As part of the fiscal cliff package that passed earlier this week, Congress and the White House cobbled together an extension of the nation’s massive farm bill that keeps many – but not all – of the country’s agricultural and food programs sputtering along until September. | 01/04/13 19:10:05 By - By Erika Bolstad

Florida’s newest congressional leaders are sworn into office

Lois Frankel, the former mayor of sunny West Palm Beach, had to buy her first pair of winter boots in decades. Joe Garcia, who represents southern Miami-Dade County and the Keys, found a temporary room at University of Miami President Donna Shalala’s home in Georgetown. | 01/04/13 07:13:38 By - Erika Bolstad

NRA calls for Congress to require armed guards in every school

The nation’s largest gun lobby, which has stayed mostly quiet since the shootings that killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school a week ago, called Friday for Congress to require armed security guards in every school, saying that doing so could prevent acts of mass violence from happening again. | 12/21/12 18:01:06 By - By Erika Bolstad

New soot rules should reduce disease, health costs, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it will set new limits for the airborne microscopic particles known as soot, one of the most deadly forms of air pollution. | 12/14/12 17:05:27 By - By Erika Bolstad

Long, uncertain path ahead for Gulf restoration after oil spill

In the coming years, unprecedented billions will be spent on restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, a vital American ecosystem damaged by the most catastrophic oil spill in U.S. history. | 12/11/12 17:43:40 By - By Erika Bolstad

South Florida pols sticking to party lines on fiscal cliff

Don’t expect South Florida’s congressional delegation to stray too far from party lines when it comes to dancing on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the end-of-the-year spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect if Congress and the president don’t address them. | 12/07/12 14:53:44 By - By Erika Bolstad

U.S. to consider whether to add African lions to endangered species list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it will consider adding African lions to the endangered species list, a move that organizations seeking the listing say would help reverse the decline of the species. | 11/27/12 19:20:06 By - By Erika Bolstad

Climate talks must consider impact of thawing permafrost, scientists say

Scientists who study the Arctic say they’re worried that nations meeting this week to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions aren’t adequately considering how much carbon dioxide and methane could be released from the world’s rapidly thawing permafrost. | 11/27/12 17:14:52 By - By Erika Bolstad

BP to pay record $4.5 billion criminal penalty in Deepwater Horizon spill

Oil giant BP will plead guilty to misconduct and felony criminal manslaughter for the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers and led to the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. | 11/15/12 18:37:57 By - By Sean Cockerham and Erika Bolstad

Senate readies bill allowing hunters to import stored polar bear pelts

Legislation poised to pass the Senate would allow a small group of hunters who’ve been storing polar bear pelts in Canada to import them to the United States. | 11/13/12 19:10:04 By - By Erika Bolstad

California food ballot measure could have national impact

California has long shaped agricultural and environmental practices nationwide, and an initiative on Tuesday’s ballot could frame the growing national movement over labeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. | 11/02/12 17:43:03 By - By Erika Bolstad

Did climate change play a role in Sandy’s strength?

There’s no clear answer to the raging scientific debate over whether climate change, including record low levels of sea ice in the Arctic this summer, influenced Hurricane Sandy’s path and intensity. | 10/31/12 19:01:56 By - By Erika Bolstad

Sandy wreaks havoc throughout Northeast U.S.

Sandy, the massive, multi-state storm that flooded tunnels in New York City, brought snow to the mountains of West Virginia, snarled early voting for the upcoming election and caused more than 8 million power outages, moved into Pennsylvania and western New York on Tuesday and put the entire Northeast on heightened flooding alert. | 10/30/12 19:25:29 By - By Erika Bolstad and Chris Adams

Storm scrambles campaign, maybe Election Day, too

Obama canceled a campaign appearance in Florida and raced back to the White House, mindful that his performance leading the federal government response could become a major boon or liability to his re-election chances. Romney canceled campaign events for Monday night and Tuesday, and both campaigns curtailed fundraising efforts in states that Sandy was expected to hit. | 10/29/12 17:55:43 By - By David Lightman and Erika Bolstad

Road to White House runs down Orlando boulevard

On one side of Semoran Boulevard there’s Lecheron el Barrio, a Puerto Rican restaurant where a banner boasts of President Barack Obama’s summer visit. Inside, servers dish up steaming plates of pulled pork and rice and beans beneath a photo of Obama, and a largely Spanish-speaking clientele gathers in what might be the unofficial headquarters of Orlando’s Puerto Rican vote. | 10/25/12 17:12:56 By - By Erika Bolstad

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