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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 


    Public News Service Daily News Update: A Kentucky Court Clerk defies the U.S. Supreme Court and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

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A PUCO hearing is underway in Columbus to investigate a FirstEnergy proposal that critics contend is a bailout of aging power plants. Credit: Nyttend/Wikipedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – FirstEnergy executives took the stand Monday in a long-awaited Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) hearing, with billions of dollars at stake. FirstEnergy wants their three Ohio utilities to purchase energy at above-market prices to shore up two aging power plants, own ...Read More

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver, office of state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Credit: Colorado Judicial Branch.

DENVER – Environmental groups are doubling down after Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced the state will join a lawsuit to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Coffman, a Republican, told the Denver Post the plan would cost jobs, raise utility rates and undercut ...Read More

Wisconsin schools may soon display colored flags to represent the air quality on that day. Credit: American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The American Lung Association in Wisconsin is providing air quality flags to school districts around the state free of charge. The five colored flags reveal at a glance the day's air quality from good air to very unhealthy air. Knowing the day's air quality is important ...Read More

U.S. taxpayers have lost an estimated $380 million since 2006 because of flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites on federal lands. Credit: sakakawea7.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's U.S. senators are being urged to support efforts to have the federal government take action to end the waste of natural gas at drilling sites on public lands and the loss of the associated revenue. An ad campaign launched this week in North Dakota and several other s ...Read More

Threats are swirling over accepting nuclear waste for research at the Idaho National Laboratory. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

BOISE, Idaho – A nuclear waste showdown between Idaho and the Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a new level. The DOE has informed the state that if it does not accept a small amount of spent fuel from two commercial plants soon, it will be sent somewhere for research – and that res ...Read More

Oil and gas production disrupts critical winter deer habitat. Credit: Gary Kramer/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A new study confirms that oil and gas production in northwest Colorado is disrupting important winter habitat for one of the nation's largest herds of mule deer. George Wittemyer, a wildlife biologist at Colorado State University and a co-author of the report, says the Piceance Basi ...Read More

The use of coal by Chinese power plants fell by as much as 3.5% last year and looks likely to continue falling. Observers say the government there wants to clean its nortoriously dirty air. Photo by Tobias Brox/Wikimedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 percent ...Read More

A court case this week challenges a Berkeley ordinance requiring retailers to inform customers of cell phones’ recommended distance from the body. Credit: d3damon/iStock

BERKELEY, Calif. - The City of Berkeley is fighting the wireless industry's trade group in federal court on Thursday. The city is defending an ordinance that would require cell phone retailers to post a sign warning people who carry a phone close to the body may exceed federal guidelines on exposur ...Read More

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