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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

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PHOTO: The CDC reports only one new strain of rabies has been discovered in the U.S. this past decade, that is until a woman in Lincoln County was attacked by fox with rabies last month. Photo credit U.S. Department of Defense.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new strain of rabies is on the books after a fox attacked a woman in Lincoln County last month. Dr. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, says brain tissue from the fox was sent to the CDC in Atlanta for analysis, which showed the a ...Read More

Photo: Florida's honeybee population is increasing, while bees in other parts of the country are declining. Photo credit: kakisky/morguefile.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - While the rest of the country battles declining bee populations, Florida is doing something right, according to apiary experts in the state. Department of Agriculture officials say the number of beehives has increased from 900 to 3,600 in the past eight years. David Westervelt, ...Read More

PHOTO: Bees are disappearing in Illinois and around the globe, and scientists say a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids are contributing to the decline in bee colonies.  Photo credit: miniperium/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The sound of a buzzing bee may signal the threat of a sting, but it also means the important pollinators are doing their job as part of a balanced ecosystem. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications director with Environment America, says not only do bees keep gardens beautiful, t ...Read More

PHOTO: Virginia's beach tourism industry groups are opposing plans to open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Photo by Krystle Chick and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's beach tourism industry is unifying against offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The state's beach resort, restaurant, hotel and tourism trade groups have issued statements against expanded drilling, something the oil industry is pressing for in Washington. According to co ...Read More

PHOTO:  The fisher is a medium-sized carnivore that is on the brink of extinction partly because of vehicle collisions. Californians can help biologists protect them by reporting roadkill to wildlifecrossing.net.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - About 1 million animals are killed on America's roads every day, pushing some species to the brink of extinction. The problem is particularly acute in California's national forests and parks, including Yosemite, where conservationists are building special tunnels for wildlife to ...Read More

PHOTO: With a deadly fungal disease called white-nose syndrome decimating its numbers, the northern long-eared bat today officially becomes listed as a threatened species in North Dakota and across the country. Photo credit: University of Illinois/Steve Taylor/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New protections are now in place for the northern long-earned bat, which officially becomes listed as a threatened species in North Dakota and across the nation as of today. The listing comes in the wake of a deadly disease called white-nose syndrome that's killed more than ...Read More

PHOTO: There is a rising number of pet thefts across the nation.

LOS ANGELES - Police are warning pet owners about a dog-napping scam, one that highlights a sharp national increase in stolen pets. Recently, two women in green uniforms showed up at a house in Echo Park falsely claiming to be with the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force. They ...Read More

PHOTO: The University of Tennessee Extension estimates Tennessee's bee population has declined by as much as 50 percent in recent years. Photo credit: Butkovicdub/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee honey bees are feeling the sting of a variety of environmental factors. According to estimates from the University of Tennessee Extension, bees have seen as much as 50 percent of their population decline in recent years. Professor John Skinner, an apiculturist at the U ...Read More

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