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As Crystal Sugar lockout drags on, bipartisan effort to repeal sugar protections emerges

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11 | 11:45 am

Members of Minnesota and North Dakota’s congressional delegations have warned that the American Crystal Sugar lockout could hurt the chances of maintaining sugar protections in the upcoming Farm Bill by alienating pro-labor lawmakers.

Report: Nitrate transport down Mississippi causing ‘dead zones’ in Gulf

By Virginia Chamlee | 08.09.11 | 1:36 pm

A newly released study by the United States Geological Survey shows that nitrate concentrations in the Mississippi River Basin did not consistently decline from 1980 to 2008. The increased nitrate levels directly affect the Gulf of Mexico, where they contribute to “dead zones,” or hypoxia.

Bachmann, Pawlenty hit Florida Right to Life convention via Skype

By Virginia Chamlee | 06.24.11 | 3:34 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Five Republican presidential contenders took part in a National Right to Life Convention forum Friday morning. Only two (Herman Cain and Rick Santorum) appeared in person, while the other three (Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Tim Pawlenty) literally phoned it in — appearing at the panel via Skype.

Catholic group: Obama hasn’t done enough for abortion rights

By Virginia Chamlee | 05.09.11 | 2:39 pm

The newest issue of the Catholic pro-choice magazine Conscience raises several questions about the current administration’s stance on abortion-rights issues.