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    PNS Daily News - July 31, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the Clean Power Plan will save Americans some money on their electric bills, concludes a new report; a new program launching in New York seeks to identify and treat people with mental health issues living in low income areas; in California, several grocers face big fines for selling produce tainted with illegal pesticides.

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PHOTO: One of the proposed helicopter landing sites for military training, which has drawn criticism from some quarters, is located within two miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Photo credit: Mark Wolf-Armstrong.

METHOW, Wash. - More than two dozen recreation and conservation groups have voiced their concerns about a U.S. Army plan to shift some helicopter training from Colorado to Washington for pilots from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A few of the proposed training spots are in southwest Washington, but othe ...Read More

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: A new report suggests that Iowa should consider changing the permitting process for new wind operations in the state. According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process could be streamlined with a single source of approval, instead of developers needing to go get the OK both locally and from the state. Photo credit: axnjax.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is already among the nation's leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Energy and ...Read More

PHOTO: Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in the Seattle area to protests, and left Elliott Bay in mid-June. Photo credit: Jeff Dunnicliffe for The Backbone Campaign/Flickr.

SEATTLE – It's back to court on Friday for the Port of Seattle, and conservation groups that contend the port commissioners didn't conduct an environmental assessment before signing a lease to allow repair of oil-drilling rigs at the port. The groups maintain the water pollution risks are ob ...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: A satellite image captures the spiral bands of Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston in 2008. Hurricane season is here, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents to be prepared. Historically, the most active months for storms are August and September. Photo courtesy of NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf. ...Read More

PHOTO: The Clean Air for Schools: Engines Off! program, focused on parents picking up children after school, reduced emissions from idling vehicles around participating schools by an average of 60 percent. Photo credit: Matthew Paul Argall/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – Results from last school year's Clean Air for Schools: Engines Off! program are in, and kids are breathing easier in Colorado. The program, now in its seventh year, helps reduce pollution from idling vehicles as parents wait to pick up their children after school. Kim Tyrrell, air qu ...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

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