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Tori formerly served as staff reporter for

Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 12

By   /  December 30, 2015  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

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Part 14 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 Now that Christmas is over and the New Year beckons, it’s time for’s annual parade of malfeasance and miscreants. The Scariest People of 2015 is a frightening list indeed, filled with bureaucrats and functionaries who, shall we say, do not share an […]

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Beleaguered Erie hit with another round of job cuts

By   /  December 15, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

WAITING FOR A REVIVAL: The port city of Erie, Pa. has seen better days.

Once a premier shipbuilding and locomotive manufacturing hub, Erie became part of the Rust Belt during the last century as industry lagged and the population began decreasing.

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Climate summit math: $85 trillion to trim temps by 1 degree

By   /  December 2, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, National, News, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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The worldwide economy will suffer if all the nations’ climate pledges take affect, making little difference, according to a congressional hearing.

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Obama talks pollution with India as 1,500 US factory jobs are sent there

By   /  December 1, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Using the world climate summit as his backdrop, President Obama in a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India should “pursue the priorities of development, growth and poverty eradication … . At the same time, it also has to reflect serious and ambitious action by all nations to curb their carbon pollution.”

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Is the EPA to blame for 1,500 GE layoffs in Pennsylvania?

By   /  November 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Pennsylvania, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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A GE locomotive plant in Erie, PA is losing a third of its workforce; experts say due to Obama’s clean air initiatives.

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VA suspends worker who dressed as whistleblower for Halloween

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Arizona, National, News  /  No Comments

TRICK OR TREAT: VA workers dress up for Halloween, including Jeremy Pottle, second from left, and Lisa Benner, third from right (standing).

A social worker at the beleaguered Phoenix VA hospital has been suspended for dressing up as a disabled whistleblower in an unflattering Halloween costume.

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