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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

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Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps members planting trees. The corps class of 2016 is being announced today. Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

EDGEWATER, Md. – It's a tough job, but one so popular it's been expanded every year since 2010. Forty-one young men and woman ages 18 to 25 make up the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps class of 2016, being introduced today. The class will spend a year working on projects benefiting the Chesa ...Read More

Coal mining, as seen here, is a big part of the economy on the Navajo Reservation. The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting in Farmington today on the issue of raising the royalty fees coal companies pay to mine on public lands. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – The amount of royalties coal companies pay for mining on public lands amounts to taxpayers in New Mexico and across the country getting ripped off, according to a Sierra Club official. Robert Tohe, the Sierra Club’s organizing representative for its Dirty Fuels campai ...Read More

Farm to School programs get more local and healthy foods on the trays of students, while providing more markets for the state's farmers. Credit: Steve Debenport.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Class will soon be back in session for children across Iowa and an ever growing number of students will find local foods being served in school cafeterias. Tammy Stotts is the Farm to School coordinator for the state for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. ...Read More

Pipeline opponents want regulators to thin out redundant or duplicate pipelines from Marcellus and Utica gas fields to nearly the same destination markets. Photo by the Dominion Monitoring Coalition.

RICHMOND, Va. – Opponents of pipeline construction want federal regulators to say which of several near-identical natural gas pipelines don't have to be built. Energy companies are applying to build two 42-inch gas pipelines from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. A third pipeline i ...Read More

PHOTO: The Gold King Mine spill in Colorado turned the waters of the Animas River yellow and orange, prompting water emergencies downstream as far as Lake Powell. Thousands of abandoned mines throughout the West pose an equal or greater threat to rivers and waterways. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Thousands of abandoned mines in New Mexico, Colorado and other Western states pose as much of a toxic threat, or greater, as the Gold King Mine in Colorado, which leaked three million gallons of toxic sludge and mine waste into the Animas River following an accidental discha ...Read More

As people increasingly pay attention to where their food is coming from and how it's grown, organic farming operations such as Three Brothers Farm near Oconomowoc are holding and supporting farm-to-table events to give people the experience of eating fresh organic produce. Credit: Three Brothers Farm

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. - The farm-to-table approach is gaining momentum in Wisconsin, with the advent of Community Supported Agriculture and a growing concern among consumers about where their food is coming from. An ever-increasing number of people are beginning to care a great deal about where their fo ...Read More

PHOTO: While the community of Farmington, New Mexico, has a 90 day supply of water, there are concerns the region's tourism season may be over as the Animas River remains a toxic brew of mine waste, following an accidental spill upstream. Photo courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – No drinking, cooking or bathing with water from the Animas River. Those are the rules now in place in Farmington, New Mexico, following the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. Three million gallons of toxic sludge escaped into the Animas, part of the larger Colorado River sys ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is treating some of the contaminated water from the Gold King Mine spill in containment ponds like this one. San Juan County is among the growing list of areas affected by last week's spill in southwestern Colorado. Photo courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

MONTICELLO, Utah – San Juan County in southeastern Utah is now feeling the impact of the Gold King Mine spill in southwestern Colorado, in which three million gallons of toxic sludge escaped into the Animas River. Part of the Colorado River system, the Animas is a tributary of the San Juan Ri ...Read More

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