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    PNS Daily News - March 31, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: Opponents want Indiana’s controversial Religious freedom Restoration Act amended or repealed; Older Americans in Phoenix will be voicing their concerns as part of the White House Conference on Aging; controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to show his support today for a state takeover of public lands.

Public Lands/Wilderness

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: A local court decision could slow the huge pipelines aiming to bring Marcellus gas to eastern markets. Photo by

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia county court case may slow construction of big proposed natural-gas pipelines - a delay opponents say the pipelines can ill afford. A Suffolk County court said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did not follow the proper procedure when notifying a landowner. The company describe ...Read More

PHOTO: Spring has sprung, which means greater sage-grouse males are strutting their stuff, and females are checking out the goods. Fans are gathering near Craig, Colo., to support protections for sage-grouse habitat. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

DENVER – Spring is in the air, and fans of the greater sage-grouse are hosting a tour this weekend near Craig, Colo., hoping to catch the bird's famous mating dance. It's part of an effort to draw attention to the protection of sage-grouse habitat. The oil and gas industry is pushing back aga ...Read More

PHOTO: A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the entire United States can be traced to public lands. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management.
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A new accounting of greenhouse gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the United States can be traced to public lands. The report from The Wilderness Society and Center for American Progress called for a full i ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that more than one-fifth of all U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions come from fossil fuels extracted on taxpayer-owned federal lands and waters. Photo credit: Stephen Codrington/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - A new report has uncovered a blind spot in the nation's climate-change strategy. More than one-fifth of all U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions are connected to fossil fuels extracted from taxpayer-owned federal lands and waters. The report maintains that the U.S. Department of the Interior, whi ...Read More

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