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    PNS Daily News - April 1, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; Arkansas following on the heels of Indiana with a religious freedom law; Florida’s governor says he deserves the credit for job creation; mountain goats making the case for climate change; and plenty of folks stepping-up for National Walking Day.


PHOTO: According to a recent survey, 85 percent of Wisconsinites actively support recycling. All four of the state's professional recycling organizations have come out strongly against proposed cuts to the state's recycling programs, saying the cuts would move the state backward. Photo credit:

WAUSAU, Wis. - All four of the state's professional recycling organizations have come out strongly against proposed cuts of more than $4 million in financial assistance to local governments in the state's budget. Supporters of the cuts say local governments can pick up the slack and that the cuts a ...Read More

PHOTO: Rising temperatures are threatening the habitat of the American mountain goat, such as this one seen on Colorado's Mount Huron, considered by some to be the greatest mountaineer the peaks have ever known. Photo credit: Robert Shepherd/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The American mountain goat has been called the greatest mountaineer the peaks have ever known, but now that high altitudes are warming - at a rate two to three times faster than the rest of the planet - the animals' future is less than certain. Bruce Smith, a wildlife biologist and author, ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida's conservation community says state lawmakers are ignoring a deadline to purchase land owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation to be used for a new reservoir to keep polluted water from reaching the Everglades. Photo credit: Elle Randi/Morguefile.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With the passage of Amendment One in the November election, Florida now has the funds to protect the Everglades and the state's water supply. But now, state lawmakers appear to be losing their resolve to purchase land the sugar industry agreed to sell in 2010. Progress Florida is ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has set new rules for oil and gas drilling on public lands near Dinosaur National Monument to minimize environmental impacts to an area that attracts 275,000 visitors annually and pumps over $15 million into the local economy. Photo credit: Ken Walker/Wikimedia Commons.
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DENVER - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has weighed in on how nearly 1.5 million acres of public land in northwest Colorado can be used by the oil and gas industry, including new protections near Dinosaur National Monument. Oil and gas industry advocates claim the plan will limit their access ...Read More

PHOTO: Controversial rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to be at the Nevada Legislature today to support a bill to transfer control of federally-managed public lands in Nevada to the state. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Legislature.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Controversial rancher Cliven Bundy, known for a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over his refusal to pay cattle grazing fees on public lands, is expected in Carson City on Tuesday to support a state takeover of public lands. Bundy is reported to have had a role in cra ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota may increase the penalties for poaching, with a proposal for the most egregious cases to include felony charges and the revocation of hunting and fishing privileges for 10 years. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In the wake of several high-profile cases of illegal poaching in Minnesota, more severe consequences may be coming for those who intentionally violate the state's hunting and fishing laws. Gov. Mark Dayton wants the Legislature to make it a felony for the most egregious in ...Read More

PHOTO: Supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer-strip proposal are calling one of the most significant farmland stewardship initiatives for water quality and wildlife habitat in decades. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where water quality is key to quality of life, supporters of the buffer-strip proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton say it would have a positive impact for generations to come. The legislation would require farms to have 50 feet of perennial vegetation around ...Read More

PHOTO: Thanks to a concerted recovery effort, experts now are optimistic about the future of the piping plover, birds who make their homes on Great Lakes beaches and are known for their cheerful chirp. Photo credit: Vince Cavalieri, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Spring is in the air and so are the piping plovers, as a growing number of the endangered birds soon will return from their winter vacations to their Michigan homes. Because of an increase in development and recreation, said Vince Cavalieri, Great Lakes piping plover recovery ...Read More

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