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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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An Amish man shows off a variety of hats he sells in his store in Arthur, Ill. The outcry over a Wisconsin Amish family ordered by a court to leave their home is fueling a legislative push for a religious exemption from building codes requiring smoke alarms and other modern devices. (Associated Press)

Court allows Wisconsin Amish family to remain in home for now

The Amish don't have telephones, so Erick Woods drove 45 minutes to give the Borntregers the news: They won a reprieve Friday from an order to vacate their Wisconsin home after refusing to comply with updated building-code rules for religious reasons. Published March 28, 2015

Amish buggy. By Ad Meskens, via Wikimedia Commons

Police put yellow tape around Wisconsin Amish home

Law-enforcement officers strung yellow police tape across the door of a Wisconsin Amish home and declared it unfit for habitation Thursday in a dispute over the family's refusal to comply with county rules on modern appliances such as smoke alarms. Published March 26, 2015

Amish buggy. By Ad Meskens, via Wikimedia Commons

Amish family facing court-ordered eviction from Wisconsin home

An Amish family faces eviction from their home after being found in contempt of court for refusing to comply with building codes on the grounds that doing so would violate the religious community's ban on modern technology. Published March 24, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Monday, March 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Green groups attack Hillary Clinton over fracking, Keystone

Environmentalists turned up the heat Monday on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to "come clean" on issues like the Keystone XL pipeline and hydraulic fracturing in a protest outside her speech at a journalism awards ceremony. Published March 23, 2015

In a sharp rebuke to a report from the Department of the Interior, a coalition of Western states is challenging its conclusions that human activity has led to widespread reduction in the Greater sage-grouse's population, not human activity. An attorney working the case described "extensive flaws in the agencies' science." (Associated Press)

Western states coalition disputes 'biased' federal science on sage grouse

A coalition of rural Western counties and business interests is contesting the science being used to decide whether to list the Greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened, accusing the Obama administration of relying on "selective, false and biased" research. Published March 18, 2015

Police take cover after two officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)

Ferguson residents launch recall against mayor amid unrest

Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, launched a recall effort Friday afternoon against Mayor James Knowles III, the most prominent public figure remaining in the strife-ridden community after a recent rash of resignations. Published March 14, 2015