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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.

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PHOTO: A 10-year review of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard shows it created 100 new jobs a year, and added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Renewable energy has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry in Montana. A new report takes a look at the economic landscape during the 10 years of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and finds renewable energy has added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Jeff ...Read More

PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against ...Read More

PHOTO: A new USDA report shows many high skill jobs in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment sectors, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Photo credit: ackab1/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New research shows a growing demand for highly skilled workers in agriculture, but not enough young people are choosing that field of study. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 60,000 high skill job openings in the nation's food, agriculture, re ...Read More

PHOTO: Memorial Day weekend is the start of high-alert season for wildland firefighters, who expect to put in some long hours in Oregon's tinder-dry backcountry this year. Photo credit: Tom Iraci/U.S. Forest Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The wildfire season unofficially starts this week, as more people head for Oregon's scenic places for the summer's first holiday weekend. In a state with almost 33 million acres of federal land, the agencies that manage it have some advice for hikers and campers. While man ...Read More

PHOTO: The 2013 explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 and resulted in damages surpassing $100 million. Proposed state legislation to reduce the chance of a repeat has cleared the House and awaits a vote in the Senate. Photo credit, VOA/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - A fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, exploded on April 17, 2013, killing 15 people, including 10 first responders. The plant had not been inspected in decades. Two bills - House Bills 684 and 942 - remain alive in the closing days of the legislative session that could help ...Read More

Photo: A new study shows rural residents should call 911 if they think they are having a heart attack. Photo by GDNS

SSIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The natural instinct for many people in rural areas is to jump in the car and hurry to the nearest hospital if there are signs of a heart attack. A new study from the American Heart Association shows better outcomes from calling 911 and waiting for an ambulance. A review of mor ...Read More

PHOTO: From floods to droughts to tornadoes, Minnesota's rural communities are often hardest hit by weather extremes, and a series of statewide discussions is focused on planning and response. Photo credit: Steve Brand/Flickr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - As the summer season of severe weather approaches in Minnesota, a gathering this week examines how communities can best respond to the growing frequency of weather extremes and the changing climate. Anna Claussen, director of rural strategies with the Institute for Agricultu ...Read More

PHOTO: Postal workers are rallying across Texas and the nation today to demand better service for customers, less than a week before their union contract expires. Photo credit: American Postal Workers Union.

AUSTIN, Texas - Less than a week before their contract expires, postal workers are rallying today in more than 85 cities in 36 states. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) says it's bringing consumer issues to the bargaining table by demanding shorter lines, quicker mail delivery and new servic ...Read More

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