| Feb 1, 2015
| 1:45 PM
The state is giving nearly $260,000 to help purchase a conservation easement on 1,260 acres of private farmland around historic Bacon's Castle in Surry County and remove it permanently from residential and commercial development.
The grant is part of...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 2:30 AM
The memory of the February 2011 blizzard -- a monster dubbed "Snowpocalypse" that came complete with "thunder" snow -- remains fresh in meteorologist Mark Ratzer's mind.
A senior weather forecaster at the National Weather Service's Chicago/Romeoville...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 9:10 AM
HARRISBURG — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 7:46 PM
The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing its sprawling West Los Angeles health campus while veterans with brain injuries and mental impairment slept in the streets, people familiar...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 3:42 PM
HARRISBURG —Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania's state parks and forests, his office said Wednesday....
| Jan 28, 2015
| 6:51 AM
As Americans, we like to believe the rule of law in our country is respected and fairly applied, and that only those who commit crimes of fraud or violence are punished and imprisoned. But the reality is often different. It is surprisingly easy for...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 1:50 PM
St. Charles voters will be asked on the April 7 ballot whether the park district can borrow $28 million for projects including an 81,800-square-foot recreation center and two synthetic turf fields.
Park district officials said if the referendum passes,...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 7:53 PM
In his first public event since taking steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush on Friday called on political leaders to overhaul the country's immigration and education systems, increase job training programs and ease energy regulations to spur economic...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 10:35 PM
The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project “would not be in the public interest.&...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 3:22 PM
BOZRAH — Generations of Boy Scouts pitched their tents and explored the woods at Camp Tadma, and now that the property is up for auction, conservationists see a rare opportunity to preserve a prime slice of the state's wilderness.
| Nov 28, 2014
| 9:06 AM
Land use planners for the proposed Illinois Highway 53 extension and Highway 120 bypass are keying in on community concerns as they work to develop a plan for the corridor that will minimize the road's impact on the area's environment, aesthetics and...