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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.

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PHOTO: President Barack Obama's proposal to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions may have a significant impact in New Mexico, which produces a big portion of the nation's methane pollution. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions. Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that sho ...Read More

PHOTO: A "Get Loud for the Clouds" rally will greet President Obama in Boise today when he arrives to speak at Boise State University, by those who want him to designation a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. Photo credit: Fredlyfish4, English language Wikipedia.

BOISE, Idaho - Several rallies and demonstrations are planned today in Boise as President Obama speaks on the Boise State University campus. One of those events is "Get Loud for the Clouds," organized by those who want the president to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. "It wou ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Photo credit: Chris Servheen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Bonnie Rice is Northern Rockies senior representative at the Sierra Club, one of the groups that filed t ...Read More

PHOTO: A decision to allow up to 15 grizzly bears to be killed in Grand Teton National Park and the Upper Green River area is at least 15 too many, according to paperwork filed for a lawsuit. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

JACKSON, Wyo. – A decision to allow up to 15 grizzly bears to be killed in Grand Teton National Park and the Upper Green River area is at least 15 too many, according to paperwork filed for a lawsuit. Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso says the agencies are not looking at the big picture in set ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens rallied on the Capitol steps in Wyoming on Tuesday night, asking President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Rallies have been taking place around the country. Photo of a protester at an event courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Protestors hit the steps of the Wyoming Capitol on Tuesday night, rallying against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Organizer Cynthia Willson said they want President Obama to reject the pipeline because of environmental concerns, mainly concerning carbon pollution. Promoters of ...Read More

PHOTO: The gavel comes down Tuesday to open the 2015 Texas legislature, and a battle is brewing over the ability of local governments to set their own rules. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Lawmakers convene at the state capitol in Austin today for the start of the 2015 legislature. Among the issues expected to be debated in this session is state versus local authority. Governor-elect Greg Abbott has proposed the elimination of what he calls a "patchwork quilt" of city ...Read More

PHOTO: Passports are now being offered to visitors at Nevada's many state parks in an effort to increase tourism. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

CARSON CITY, Nev. – State officials are hoping that a new marketing effort using passports will boost tourism to Nevada's 23 state parks, recreation areas and historic sites. Eric Johnson, an administrator with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the Division of St ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservationists claim the Graham's beardtongue is one of the rare wildflower species at risk of extinction if not granted Endangered Species Act protection. It grows only in parts of Colorado and Utah. Photo credit: Kevin Megown, U.S. Forest Service.

DENVER - It may be months before they peek through the snow again, but some Colorado wildflowers have people concerned enough about them to file a lawsuit. Seven conservation groups say they'll sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), after the agency changed its plans to protect two nearly e ...Read More

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