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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

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Legislation that would allow licensed out-of-state physicians to see patients in Colorado has cleared the Colorado House and could go before the full Senate this week. (Shironosov/iStockphoto)

DENVER - Community Health Centers in Colorado are struggling to recruit and retain doctors, but they could catch a break if a new bill in the state Legislature becomes law. House Bill 1047 would speed up the process for putting out-of-state doctors to work by entering into an interstate agreement, ...Read More

Bend is considering expansion of its urban growth boundary to accommodate the city's rapidly-growing population. (Another Believer/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - City managers in Bend held a meeting Thursday that will help shape the city's expanding borders after it is approved by a state commission. Urban growth boundaries or UGB's hem in cities like Bend to prevent urban sprawl into rural areas. However, Bend has consistently ranked as ...Read More

Hunting and fishing groups are cheering the defeat in the U.S. Senate of an amendment that would have lifted certain EPA protections from smaller streams. (Montana Wildlife Federation)

HELENA, Mont. – Hunting and angling groups are praising the U.S. Senate for defeating an amendment on Thursday that would have blocked certain Environmental Protection Agency clean water protections on smaller streams and tributaries. The amendment to the energy appropriations bill would hav ...Read More

Red flags signal opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky. (KFTC)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Kentuckians opposed to re-purposing a pipeline to transport natural gas liquids are using Earth Day this week as a launching pad to increase awareness. The energy company Kinder Morgan proposes moving byproducts of gas drilling – such as propane, butane and ethane ...Read More

A new pilot program launched in Colorado to reduce cervical cancer got its annual checkup, and the results are good. (Pixabay)

DENVER - A new pilot program launched in Colorado to reduce cervical cancer got its annual checkup, and the results are good. Dr. David Stevens, with the RCHN Community Health Foundation, recently completed a series of site visits to monitor the program's progress and said the process of improving ...Read More

A GPS-guided combine is one of the systems potentially vulnerable to cyber attacks. (Scoty/Wikimedia Commons)

AMES, Iowa – Officials from the FBI and the Justice Department held a roundtable recently at Iowa State University, emphasizing the seriousness of cyber attacks for a surprising target – the agriculture industry. It's a subject familiar to Larry Clinton, president of Internet Security ...Read More

After bobcat hunting was made legal in Illinois last year, animal welfare groups say the animals need increased protections. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Wildlife protection groups are backing a bill that would ban the trapping of bobcats and the sale of their pelts in Illinois. Last year, state lawmakers gave the OK to allow sport hunting of bobcats for the first time in nearly 40 years. Marc Ayers, state director for the Hum ...Read More

Rice is Arkansas' number one crop, and opening up trade with Cuba could mean a boost to the state's economy. (USDA)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Human-rights issues and free elections continue to be at the forefront of the United States' tentatively renewed relationship with Cuba. President Obama visited the country recently and has taken some steps toward lifting the trade embargo, but that would need congressional appr ...Read More

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