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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Biofuels mandate mess: New EPA ethanol standards under fire

- The Washington Times

The U.S. energy boom and low gas prices have wreaked havoc with the federal government’s mandate to blend more ethanol and other biofuels into fuel supplies, leaving the Obama administration under fire and struggling to meet the mandates set by Congress nearly a decade ago.

An Indian man rests on a hand cart under a market umbrella on a hot day in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,000 in the past month. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India’s heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800

Associated Press

Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday.

President Obama speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Thursday to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. Mr. Obama linked hurricanes to climate change. (Associated Press)

Obama defends plan, links hurricanes to climate change

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Thursday linked hurricanes and other extreme weather events to climate change — the latest move by this White House to keep the issue at the forefront of domestic politics while also pursuing a landmark international agreement to save the planet.

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La. health dept. seeks restoration of public health funding

- Associated Press

Louisiana's health department leaders asked senators Friday to restore $26 million to public health programs next year or risk shuttering safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks.

2 wolves poached in southwestern Montana

Associated Press

Montana wildlife officials say poachers shot and killed two wolves, one just outside Yellowstone National Park and the other near the Centennial Valley.

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, an American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks. The move is unlikely to mean much for consumers or prices at the pump.  (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)

Latest US proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

- Associated Press

The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Oklahoma governor, Cherokee Nation chief sign compact

Associated Press

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker have signed a compact authorizing bulk purchases of Oklahoma hunting and fishing licenses for members of the tribe.

Western Oregon industrial site cleanup enters final phase

Associated Press

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is asking for public comment on the final phase of the trichloroethylene contamination cleanup efforts that started in 1990 at a western Oregon industrial site.

'Clean energy' bills take back seat to Illinois budget

- Associated Press

Measures advertised as promoting "clean energy" in Illinois - including a plan pushed by power-producing giant Exelon Corp. - have stalled in the General Assembly, consumed, supporters say, by bickering over the state budget and an unsettled energy outlook.