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    PNS Daily News - March 26, 20150 


    Today’s coast-to-coast news highlights several stories including: a GOP budget approved in the House; Oil-by-Rail safety legislation introduced in Congress; and animal cruelty uncovered at a poultry farm that supplies one of the biggest food-service distributors in the U.S.

Budget Policy & Priorities

PHOTO: Children and seniors in New Mexico and around the nation would suffer under the proposed budget backed by Congressional Republicans, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo credit: Sen. Udall.

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico says the proposed budget from Congressional Republicans would hurt children and seniors in his state and across the nation. Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pointed out that Republic ...Read More

PHOTO: Four oil-train derailments and explosions in a single month (Feb.) prompted Washington's U.S. Senators to introduce legislation outlining major oil-shipment safety improvements. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On Wednesday, Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced a bill in Congress to improve safety of oil shipments by rail. It would require thicker tank car walls and safety features, and set limits on how volatile crude oil can be for rail transport. It also would ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizers of the annual online fundraiser "Love Utah Give Utah" are hoping to raise two million dollars today to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Raising $2 million in one day, today, to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools is the goal of "Love Utah Give Utah." Blair Hodson is director of initiatives with the Community Foundation of Utah, which organizes the annual day of online giving at loveUTgiveUT.org. He says the ...Read More

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 800,000 students in schools across Maryland are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. While not just for students, the Hear the Maryland Crunch Initiative is intended to promote school breakfast. Photo credit: Sipa/Pixabay.com.

BALTIMORE - More than 800,000 students in school districts across Maryland, along with Catholic schools in Baltimore, are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. The Hear the Maryland Crunch initiative promotes school breakfast, along with the message that every c ...Read More

PHOTO: Researchers at the Center for American Progress say the two-year freeze on Ohio's clean energy standards has resulted in millions of lost energy investment, such as in wind power. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's been almost a year since Ohio lawmakers froze the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and some analysts say the damage is already unfolding. Researchers at the Center for American Progress interviewed business leaders in the renewable energy sector in Ohi ...Read More

PHOTO: The future price of natural gas is one of the factors states need to take into account in determining the most cost-effective way to meet the EPA's new carbon rules. Photo credit: Charlie Wrenn/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not a crystal ball, but a group of researchers say a new tool can help Michigan and other states grapple with predicting and planning for the most cost-effective and least risky ways to cut back on coal. Douglas Jester with the consulting group Five Lakes Energy says in order ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch ...Read More

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