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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.


EPA rules to protect streams, such as the headwaters of the Colorado River, that feed into drinking water sources of one in three Americans could become part of the latest budget battle in Congress. Credit: National Park Service.

DENVER - New federal policies to protect streams that feed into the drinking water sources of one in three Americans are at risk as the year ends. Starting this week, said Andy Schultheiss, a political consultant for the National Wildlife Federation, proposals to block the Environmental Protectiuon ...Read More

The Clean Water Rule would protect small streams and headwaters. Credit: Brubakerslegacy/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule has been put on hold by federal courts, but environmental groups fear some in Congress may try to overturn it with legislation. The EPA finalized the rule last spring, reestablishing federal authority to protect s ...Read More

As Coloradans face colder weather and higher utility bills, demand for food pantry assistance increases while supplies decline at the end of harvest season. Credit: Leonie Wise

DENVER – As the days grow shorter and colder weather arrives, food pantry shelves across Colorado start to get pretty bare. Larry Martinez is deputy director of the poverty assistance organization Denver Inner City Parish, which runs a food bank on Wednesdays and Fridays. He says as famili ...Read More

Selecting a tree from one of Iowa's 100 choose-and-harvest farms can involve even the youngest family member. Courtesy: Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Assn.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa-grown Christmas trees are worth a million dollars annually to Iowa's economy. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says tree farms make good use of land that might not be suitable for raising other crops. "Most of the farms are just a few acres, but when you look at all ...Read More

Indiana farmers are doing their part to help keep people from going hungry during the holidays. Credit: pippalou/morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - A big Thanksgiving dinner isn't always possible for the one in six Indiana residents who struggle with hunger. Farmers around the state are doing their part to help keep Hoosiers from going hungry during the holidays and year-round. Indiana is home to nearly 60,000 farms, and Emily W ...Read More

Despite losing more than 9 percent of the state's annual turkey population to avian flu this year, Iowans will find an abundant supply for holiday dinners. Courtesy: National Turkey Federation

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 1 million turkeys in Iowa didn't make it onto Thanksgiving dinner tables this year. They had to be destroyed because of an avian influenza outbreak earlier this year. Gretta Irwin, who heads the Iowa Turkey Federation, said there is still an ample supply of turkeys for ...Read More

Deputy USDA Secretary Krysta Harden was among those leading a trade mission to Ghana, where the agency signed agreements worth $58 million over the next five years. Courtesy: USDA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Farmers from Arkansas and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to ...Read More

Millions in federal dollars for North Dakota's public lands hang in the balance as Congress continues to debate the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Some of North Dakota's best public spots for hunting, fishing and hiking, including the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, could be at risk of losing about $22 million in federal support. That's because Congress continues to argue over the future of a massive public lands funding bi ...Read More

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