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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.

Environment

PHOTO: A huge open pit iron ore mine proposed for northern Wisconsin is not going to happen, because of the efforts of a number of groups that said the mine would do massive and irreversible environmental damage. The proposed mine would have been four and a half miles long and a mile deep. (Photo credit: bluecheddar.net

MADISON, Wis. - After five years of trying to get permits and approval for a huge open pit taconite mine in Wisconsin's Northwoods at the southern shore of Lake Superior, Gogebic Taconite Corporation has announced it is closing up shop in Wisconsin. The company says further attempts to develop th ...Read More

PHOTO: With so much ice on Michigan waterways, ducks have been forced to compete for food, resulting in malnourishment for many. Photo credit: koan/morguefile.

DETROIT - This winter's subzero temperatures haven't just been a nuisance for humans. They're killing off ducks because many of their food sources have frozen over. But experts say all people can and should do is let nature take its course. Holly Vaughn is a wildlife outreach technician with the D ...Read More

PHOTO: An aerial view of Terminal Five at the Port of Seattle shows the location at the heart of a lawsuit filed on Monday to stop oil drilling ships from being docked and repaired in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - It's turning out to be a big week for oil transport issues in Washington. On Monday, four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to allow oil drilling ships to be housed and repaired at the port's Terminal Five. Becky ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent BLM Resource Development Plan is being widely criticized for putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of landowners, wildlife and the health of Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
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DENVER - Conservationists, land owners and local officials all say they're concerned about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Tres Rios Resource Management Plan. The plan opens up over 90 percent of the 800,000 acres managed by the BLM to oil and gas development in southwest Colorado. Chris Saeg ...Read More

PHOTO: The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the environmental voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

NEW YORK - The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Most of New York's congressional delegation earned marks of 80 percent or be ...Read More

PHOTO: Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

POCATELLO, Idaho - Nuclear waste has a complicated history in Idaho, and many of those complications have resurfaced because of the shutdown of a waste storage site in New Mexico and a decision by the Governor to allow Idaho to accept spent nuclear fuel. The Snake River Alliance is holding meetin ...Read More

PHOTO: One of New York's top environmental watchdog groups has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for the next year, and has some recommendations. Photo credit: Azi Paybarah/Flickr

NEW YORK – New York's top environmental watchdog group has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for next year, and it is less than pleased. Environmental Advocates of New York is the only group that issues a budget review while looking through a green lens, and the grou ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of jobs in the solar industry is growing at blazing pace, according to an annual census of solar employment. Photo courtesy of the World Resource Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Job growth in the solar industry is blazing nationally, although cooling a bit in Pennsylvania. An annual census by The Solar Foundation found the number of jobs in the industry up by nearly a quarter over the year before and up nearly 90 percent since 2010. Andrea Luecke, presid ...Read More

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