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Journalist Sues AG Department Over Feedlot 'Phone Book' Secrecy

A freelance journalist is challenging in court the US Department of Agriculture's efforts to keep secret its data on who owns the feedlots Americans can see and smell, but whose pollution the food industry does not want USDA to regulate.

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TOOLBOX: Scanning Online For Nuclear, Chemical, Wildlife, and Other Incidents

In the old days, the newsroom at most local dailies had a police scanner squawking like a nervous parrot in the background, to get the jump in case something big happened. To get environmental news today, you need other tools.

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