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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: Concerns over fracking in Kentucky have produced large turnouts at public meetings, including this one earlier this year in Berea. There's another meeting on oil and gas development tonight in Hazard. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has become ground zero for testing of potential high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tonight in Hazard, the Energy and Environment Cabinet concludes a series of public meetings across the state on oil and gas development. Kim Walters says she will be there ...Read More

PHOTO: Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab ...Read More

PHOTO: Lions should be hunted no more, says the Animal Rights Coalition. The Twin Cities-based ARC wants an end to big-game hunts after the killing of a lion in Africa by a Minnesota big-game hunter. Photo credit: Matt MacGillivray/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Protests are planned today at the office of a Minnesota dentist who has come under fire for hunting down a lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie reportedly spent $50,000 for the big-game hunt, where he killed a lion July 1 after it allegedly had been lured out o ...Read More

PHOTO: Scientists say Dungeness crab is one of dozens of marine species along the west coast affected by excess carbon dioxide in ocean water, the result of a warming climate. Photo credit: MConnors/morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate change is turning ocean water more acidic and creating low-oxygen "dead zones" – issues that have serious implications for the entire oceanic ecosystem. That's the subject of a Wednesday workshop in Sacramento on the findings of the West Coast Ocean Acidific ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups applaud a new congressional deal to continue funding sites such as Everglades National Park.  Photo credit: David Parsons/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Environmental advocates are applauding a bipartisan deal announced last Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It's a 50-year-old program that diverts a small part of the money from oil and gas development and invests ...Read More

PHOTO: A rare bit of bipartisan cooperation might just come in time to secure a 50-year-old program that supports public lands. Photo from the Monongahela National Forest by Beth Little.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Conservationists are praising a rare bit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress to fund a program for public areas and historic and wilderness lands. The Land and Water Conservation Fund takes a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development and spends that on ma ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. – When it comes to keeping small streams and wetlands clean, there's little controversy among hunters and anglers. A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Da ...Read More

PHOTO: While battles over the Clean Water Act are brewing in Congress and the courts, a new poll finds the latest protections are supported by a majority of anglers and hunters in Minnesota and nationwide. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – When it comes to protecting smaller streams and wetlands in Minnesota, among those casting wide support for the latest rule on what's covered under the Clean Water Act are those who fish and hunt. According to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation, 82 ...Read More

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