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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Environment

PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Obama. Photo credit: Chaser/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Wednesday marked Mitch McConnell's 100th day as Senate majority leader, and environmental leaders are giving the lawmaker from Kentucky and the rest of the 114th Congress a failing grade. They say the $700 billion invested by the energy sector to secure an industry-friendly agenda is paying ...Read More

PHOTO: Sardine fishing on the West Coast is officially ending, over concerns that overfishing the species is affecting the food supply for predators such as sea lions. Photo credit: Geoff Shester, Oceana.

Commercial fishing for sardines on the West Coast now is illegal - effective immediately. At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to end the sardine fishing season now instead of on June 30. It said overfishing has contributed to a 90 percent dec ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates in New Hampshire and the nation say Congress deserves a failing grade on the environment for the first 100 days. They say that is especially true for the GOP-led Senate. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Scrumshus

CONCORD, N.H. - Congress marked its first 100 days in session on Wednesday, and environmental groups in New Hampshire and the nation say lawmakers deserve a failing grade on key issues. Republicans in Congress say they are trying to promote economic growth by easing regulations, but according to Ro ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from the Center for Effective Government finds residents and first responders may not be getting the information they need to prepare for potential chemical disasters. Photo credit: Duster/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is among the top states listed in a new report identifying often unknown chemical dangers. With today's second anniversary of a deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government examined significant chemical risks that may be ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are highlighting what they say is the destructive work of the Republican-led Congress' first 100 days under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo courtesy of Wild Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Republican-led Congress has earned a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for their first 100 days. Terra Pascarosa of Virginia Beach is regional manager with the Moms Clean Air Force, one of the groups tallying a report for Congress under Senate Majority Lead ...Read More

PHOTO: "What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families in order to prevent abuse and neglect. Photo credit: skitterphoto.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots." B ...Read More

PHOTO: Today marks 100 days for the U.S. Senate this year. A new tally of votes from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups tracked decisions on natural resources, the environment and climate change, showing distinct divides along party lines. Photo credit: hans/pixabay.com

MISSOULA, Mont. - Today is a benchmark for the U.S. Senate. It's the 100th day of the session and a new report from the Sierra Club tracks votes on clean energy, climate change and natural resources. Montana's freshman Senator Steve Daines' record is taken to task, specifically for opposing legis ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups and beekeepers are in court this month in California, challenging state and federal regulators' approvals of pesticides the groups say are harmful to bees. Photo courtesy of Pesticide Action Network.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Save the bees! That's the battle cry in two ongoing court cases in California where beekeepers and environmental groups are fighting regulators over the use of pesticides they contend harm bees and crops. On Tuesday, on behalf of the groups, the law firm Earthjustice asked a f ...Read More

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