Joe Wertz

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Federal agencies are struggling to hire and retain firefighters

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Federal firefighters say they are again facing staff issues and low morale. Reforms to fix pay and hire more firefighters have stalled at U.S. agencies — despite promises to Congress.

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Boy Scouts Of America Reaches $850 Million Settlement With Sexual Abuse Survivors

Friday, July 02, 2021

The organization settled with all the major groups of survivors seeking compensation through the youth group's bankruptcy proceedings. Noel King talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew Scurria.

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Biden Vows To Boost Firefighter Pay Amid Staffing Shortages And Low Morale

Friday, July 02, 2021

President Biden is pledging to boost firefighter pay to address a staffing shortage. Federal firefighters face low wages and poor benefits even as climate change makes their job more demanding.

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Winter Storms To Heat Waves, How Better Climate Data Can Make Us More Prepared

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Scientists are getting more and better data on our changing climate. Now, there's a push to use it to help people cope with the extremes we know are coming.

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With Better Data On Climate Change, Scientists Predict Extreme Conditions Earlier

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Scientists are getting more and better data on our changing climate. Now, there's a push to use it to help people cope with the extremes we know are coming.

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The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

Thursday, August 09, 2018

An imaginary map line dividing East and West illustrates a climate boundary that has influenced how and where people live and work. Its eastward shift could predict changes in farming and ranching.

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Changing Climate Pushes Arid West Eastward, Impacting Farming

Monday, July 30, 2018

The 100th meridian has long divided the U.S. into an arid West and more humid East. Research suggests a warming climate is pushing that boundary east, shaking up agricultural economies along the way.

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How Oklahomans Will Welcome Pruitt's Return

Friday, July 06, 2018

What do Oklahomans think about Scott Pruitt's resignation? Is it likely to hurt his chances for elected office back home?

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In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

When Scott Pruitt served as Oklahoma's attorney general, he took over a major pollution lawsuit brought by his predecessor. Critics accuse Pruitt of inaction on the case, which remains unresolved.

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'On Fire For God's Work': How Scott Pruitt's Faith Drives His Politics

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Before Scott Pruitt became the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, his political career was guided in large part by his Southern Baptist faith and a faith-based agenda.

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How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

Monday, November 20, 2017

For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.

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EPA's Scott Pruitt Vows To Speed Toxic Superfund Site Cleanup

Friday, October 06, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to clean up toxic Superfund sites faster. We visit one place where the process has dragged on for decades.

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Reading, Writing And Fracking? What The Oil Industry Teaches Oklahoma Students

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Oklahoma's oil industry is spending millions on science lessons for public schools. But environmentalists say omitting climate change leaves students unprepared.

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In Oklahoma, GOP Lawmakers Support Tax Increases To Solve Budget Crisis

Monday, June 19, 2017

Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma and other states plagued by budget shortfalls are doing something they swore they would never do: voting to raise taxes.

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Oil Town Hit by Earthquakes Isn’t Ready to Turn Off the Pipelines Just Yet

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cushing, Oklahoma is known as the oil and gas pipeline crossroads of the world. The community was recently hit by an earthquake, which some say is the result of fracking.

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EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

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Environmentalists Brace For Scott Pruitt To Take Over EPA

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

What will an anti-regulation, climate skeptic do as head of the Environmental Protection Agency? Environmentalists are bracing. But Scott Pruitt will also face limits if he tries to strip the agency of its power.

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Trump's Pick To Lead The EPA Has A History Of Battling The EPA

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Donald Trump has reportedly tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a conservative crusader with close ties to the oil and gas industry to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Earthquake Strikes Oklahoma Near Major Oil Hub

Monday, November 07, 2016

A strong earthquake rattled central Oklahoma over the weekend. The magnitude 5.0 temblor struck not far from one of the state's major oil hubs.

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