The Allegheny Front for the week of

July 18-24, 2014

Coalition Battles Mine Site Near Kanawha State Forest

West Virginia's Kanawha State Forest is home to hiking and biking trails, campsites and a shooting range. But just a few hundred acres away, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a mountain top removal mine site. A coalition is working to highlight the potential impacts of the mine on residents, and to plant and animal life in the forest.

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Commonwealth Court Throws Out Some Challenges to Act 13

Pennsylvania doctors have nothing to worry about when it comes to the so-called “gag order” on chemical exposures from oil and gas drilling. That’s the message from the Commonwealth Court in a much-anticipated ruling on provisions of the state’s two-year-old oil and gas law.

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The Risky Business of Climate Change

The economy could face significant disruptions from climate change, according to the new report "Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States."  This report was released by the California think tank called Next Generation and analyzes business risks down to the county level.

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Summertime Firsts: Roasting Marshmallows

Camping is one of the pleasures of the warmer months. For little people it can mean a lot of firsts: the first time sleeping in a tent, and hanging by a campfire. A couple of years ago, the Allegheny Front's Julie Grant and her then 3-year-old daughter joined their friends Aviva Gold and Steve Dilger and their 3-year-old daughter for the girls' first experience roasting marshmallows.

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