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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2013, file photo, a driver passes a small boat harbor in King Cove, Alaska. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land exchange agreement Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, authorizing a swap of federal land in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge for land owned by King Cove Corporation that could lead to a road through the refuge so King Cove residents can have land access to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay, Alaska. (James Brooks/Kodiak Daily Mirror via AP, File)

Trump officials green light road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration’s move this week to green light a highly controversial one-lane road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge signals a dramatic shift in approach from the Obama era, with the White House no longer bowing to pressure to conservationists, environmentalists, and liberal Democrats.

Diana Steskal rests her head on her husband Byron's shoulder as Nebraska Public Service Commissioners rise to leave following their vote approving the TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline "mainline alternative route" through the state Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb. The couple are landowners in the path of the pipeline. (Eric Gregory/The Journal-Star via AP) ** FILE **

TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline construction will start next year

- The Washington Times

After a decade of uncertainty and near-constant battles with federal and state regulators, TransCanada said Thursday it plans to break ground on the Keystone XL oil pipeline next year, delivering a huge win for the energy industry and laying to rest rumors it was on the verge of walking away from the $8 billion project.

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A deeper dive into Gov. Edwards' proposal for budget cuts

Associated Press

Gov. John Bel Edwards released a budget proposal for next year that accounts for the expiration of $1 billion in temporary sales taxes. The governor wants lawmakers to replace the taxes, but it's unclear if they will agree. The spending plan unveiled Monday would force deep cuts, mainly to higher education and health programs.

FILE - In this July 2007, file photo, a scientist holds a lobster underwater on Friendship Long Island, Maine. A study published on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, said conservation practices have allowed the northern New England lobster industry, backbone of Maine's economy, to thrive in the face of rising ocean temperatures while the southern New England lobster catch has plummeted. Ocean temperatures have risen in both areas, to levels that scientists said is favorable for lobsters off northern New England and Canada but inhospitable for them in southern New England. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Study: Conservation has helped lobsters as oceans warm

- Associated Press

Scientists who study the warming of the ocean say in a new study that conservation practices have allowed northern New England's lobster industry to thrive in the face of environmental changes.

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Canyon in N.M. Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern New Mexico for oil and gas development that critics say are too close to sites they consider culturally significant. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

New Mexico oil and gas lease sale spurs numerous protests

- Associated Press

Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern New Mexico for oil and gas development that critics say are too close to sites they consider culturally significant.

Attorney general applauds high court decision on water rule

Associated Press

North Dakota's attorney general is applauding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognizes federal district courts as the forum to hear legal challenges to an Obama administration rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.