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    PNS Daily News - April 21, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; on this, the eve of Earth Day, President Obama says climate change is this planet’s greatest environmental threat; and a legal battle is brewing of an EPA-approved herbicide that has in it, a component used in Agent Orange; and a Texas woman is facing a big fine for feeding homeless people.

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PHOTO: Created 50 years ago with strong bipartisan support, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will sunset this year unless it's reauthorized by Congress. The program helps preserve urban and wilderness open spaces, such as the Continental Divide Trail. Photo credit: Ericshawwhite/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this week on the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The program is set to expire in September unless it's reauthorized by Congress. Using royalties from offshore oil and gas development, the fund h ...Read More

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) will once again introduce legislation to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use in Wisconsin, saying the most dangerous thing about marijuana is that it remains illegal in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Dylan Brogan

MADISON, Wis. – To state Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, the numbers tell the story when it comes to legalizing marijuana use in Wisconsin. Each time a police officer makes a stop for marijuana possession, it costs taxpayers on average $425, and there are far more arrests for marij ...Read More

PHOTO: The health of family budgets is front and center in California's Assembly and Senate Committees on Health, considering bills to prevent people from being hit with unexpected out-of-network charges and big co-pays in health insurance. Photo credit: imelenchon/morguefile.com.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Changes to some health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act are winding their way through the California Legislature. The bills aim to free patients from surprise charges and outrageous co-pays. The Senate Committee on Health just passed a bill requiring health ins ...Read More

PHOTO: Hikers enjoy the east moraine of Wallowa Lake. Private land along the lake is part of a preservation proposal that depends on Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo credit: Kathleen Ackley, Wallowa Land Trust.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Almost every park, trail and scenic view in Oregon has been touched in some way by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But after 50 years, the fund is set to expire this fall. LWCF is money paid to the federal government by offshore oil and gas developers to be used for conservat ...Read More

PHOTO: Town and city planners will hear from a transportation expert this week about how Portland, Ore.'s investment in hundreds of miles of bike lanes has quadrupled bike use in that city. Photo credit: Wikimedia commons - Steve Morgan

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. - It will be a wonky summit for sure, but at stake this week is the future of bikeways and non-motorized transportation for towns and cities all across the state. Senior project engineer David Head with VHB Inc. is on the board with BikeWalk Connecticut. He says this week's summi ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups give Congress an "F" on the environment and say the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate was a prime example of that failure. Photo credit: C-Span.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmental groups in Maine and across the nation are giving Congress a failing grade on the environment. Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says that failing grade especially is true for the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate under Majority Lea ...Read More

PHOTO: State legislators are considering legislation that opponents say unfairly raises rates for Exelon ratepayers in order to pad the company's profits. Photo credit: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Exelon is looking for a $300 million subsidy for its nuclear plants, and it wants Illinois ratepayers to foot the bill. Under House Bill 3293, the energy company would get $1.5 billion over five years from ratepayers that would be distributed to low-carbon energy sources. ...Read More

PHOTO: For months, Oregon labor groups have joined others in marches and rallies against the Trans Pacific Partnership. They say the 12-nation trade agreement will cost U.S.-based jobs. Photo courtesy Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon workers will rally Saturday in six cities to keep their congressional delegation well aware of opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., brokered a deal with Senate Republicans that is expected to slow but most likely not kill th ...Read More

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