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House passes bill to add 'flexibility' to fishing law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Monday approved a bill to give regional fisheries managers more power to set local fishing levels in federal waters.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, would remove a 10-year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits.

House bill would add 'flexibility' to federal fishing law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill to add "flexibility" to a federal fisheries law despite a White House veto threat.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young of Alaska was being debated Monday on the House floor. The bill reauthorizes the four-decade-old Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the top law regulating fishing in U.S. oceans.

Net metering compromise sent to governor in Nevada

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The Associated Press

The Nevada legislature has sent to the governor a measure aiming to resolve a dispute between NV Energy and solar installation companies over net metering, The Associated Press reports.

No veto from Hogan, so Maryland fracking ban takes effect

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The Hill

With GOP Gov. Larry Hogan deciding not to use his veto, legislation banning fracking in Maryland for two and a-half years has become law, The Hill reports.

Obama's trade agenda faces tough battle heading into House

WASHINGTON (AP) — After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.

Anti-trade forces have struggled to ignite public outrage over Obama's bid to enact new free-trade agreements, but Democratic opposition in Congress remains widespread.

French minister: 2015 climate deal must avoid US Congress

BONN, Germany (AP) — The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday.

Laurent Fabius told African delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn that "we know the politics in the U.S. Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the Congress, they will refuse."

Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure. Fracking is the practice of high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas, which has led to a boom in U.S. energy production.

GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.

Not so, insist Republicans. They say the rule is a massive government overreach that could even subject puddles and ditches to regulation.

House sets June votes on carbon rule, coal ash and toxic chemicals

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The Hill

The Hill reports that the House has scheduled votes for next month on proposals to let states opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to weaken the proposed rule on disposal of coal ash at power plants, and to reform toxic chemical safety laws.

Where they stand: Rick Santorum on key campaign issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A look at where former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on some key issues as he opens his race for the Republican presidential nomination:

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