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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. States and industry groups dependent on fossil fuels began filing court challenges Friday to President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

EPA social media use broke law, GAO says

When the Environmental Protection Agency launched a social media blitz touting its hotly contested proposal to expand its water regulatory authority, Republicans accused the agency of breaking the law by spreading propaganda on the public dime. Published December 15, 2015

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. (Associated Press)

California group looks to flush transgender 'bathroom bill'

Give voters a chance and they will overturn California's landmark coed bathroom law in November, conservatives say -- just as voters in Houston did last month with an ordinance requiring transgender restroom access. Published December 13, 2015

Army's cadets won't need heavy coats to call out to Navy midshipmen as they march on the field before the game on Saturday in Philadelphia. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 60s. (Associated Press)

Army-Navy game an all-American tradition 'bigger than football'

It's the biggest college football game of the year, featuring a 2-9 team, a hopelessly lopsided rivalry in which one team has won 13 years in a row and a field full of players who will in all likelihood never play in the NFL. Published December 10, 2015

Interior Sally Jewell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, before the House Natural Resources Oversight Committee hearing on the Animas River Spill in Colorado.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Interior Secretary: No one punished for EPA toxic mine spill

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday she is unaware of anyone being fired, fined or even demoted for the Gold King Mine spill, prompting Republicans to accuse her of taking the EPA off the hook for the toxic blowout. Published December 9, 2015