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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.


PHOTO: An aerial view of Terminal Five at the Port of Seattle shows the location at the heart of a lawsuit filed on Monday to stop oil drilling ships from being docked and repaired in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - It's turning out to be a big week for oil transport issues in Washington. On Monday, four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to allow oil drilling ships to be housed and repaired at the port's Terminal Five. Becky ...Read More

PHOTO: The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the environmental voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

NEW YORK - The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Most of New York's congressional delegation earned marks of 80 percent or be ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of solar industry jobs in Missouri dropped from 2,800 in 2013 to 2,500 in 2014, according to a new analysis from The Solar Foundation. Photo credit: pedrojperez/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Policy squabbles and a fight over rebates may have clouded Missouri's once blossoming solar industry, according to new data that shows the state lost 300 solar jobs last year. The latest analysis now ranks the state 16th in the nation for solar industry employment, down ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Washingtonians say oil-train disasters such as the one in West Virginia this month, in which 27 of 109 rail cars full of Bakken crude oil derailed, can only be avoided if the trains aren't allowed in the Northwest. Photo courtesy Office of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Last weekend's oil train derailments and explosions in West Virginia and Ontario are having reverberations on the Washington coast. On Monday, the Skagit County Hearing Examiner determined that an expansion plan to allow the Shell oil refinery in northwest Washington to accept ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report examines the ways concerns about the Clean Power Plan's impact on electric grid reliability can be addressed with strong operating procedures already used in the industry. Photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State regulators are determining how Ohio will meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emission reduction goals, and a new report highlights ways the industry can ensure the electric grid stays reliable. Some opponents argue the Clean Power Plan will ...Read More

PHOTO: Delivery of electricity to homes and businesses in Nevada is expected to remain stable as the state moves toward compliance with the EPA's Clean Power Plan, according to a new report. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The reliability of electricity in Nevada and across the nation is not threatened as states move to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, according to a ...Read More

PHOTO: Laura Tarakam, who lost a son to an asthma attack, wants the Kentucky Senate to pass a statewide smoke-free law. She says while secondhand smoke was not the cause of her son's death, it can be a trigger for asthma. Photo courtesy Smoke-Free Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Laura Tarakam has asthma and has lost one of her sons to an asthmatic attack. She wants Kentucky's Senate to do what the Kentucky House did a week ago - pass a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. "Someone with as sensitive lungs as my family has, secondhand smoke causes a trig ...Read More

PHOTO: A witness who had to flee Monday's huge train derailment and explosion in West Virginia says it has changed how he looks at rail shipment of crude oil. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A witness who fled Monday's train derailment and massive fire says he can't help but wonder now if he and his neighbors are safe from trains carrying crude oil. Iraq War veteran Brandon Truman lives in Boomer, W. Va., directly across the river from where the tanker cars e ...Read More

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