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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.

Urban Planning/Transportation

PHOTO: Architect Bernard Zyscovich’s plan entails making Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway four lanes instead of six, and using the freed-up space for safer pedestrian and bike travel. Image courtesy of PlanZMiami.com.

MIAMI - Florida's beaches and tropical weather may make the state an appealing vacation destination, but its thoroughfares are gaining a dubious reputation for pedestrians and bicyclists. Last week, a 51-year-old rider was killed and another seriously injured by a drunk driver on one of Miami's mos ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This illustration is a hypothetical look at Miami's wet future. The possibility has sparked a Miami-Dade County plan to fight climate change. Image courtesy of Florida Center for Environmental Studies.

MIAMI - With more than 1,300 miles of low-lying coastline, Florida sticks out as one of the world's most vulnerable places to climate change and the sea-level rise that's a consequence of rising temperatures. According to a United Nations report last year, southeast Florida has the most to lose beca ...Read More

PHOTO: Seven California counties depend heavily on Colorado River water, and a new study by Arizona State University quantifies just how much their economies would suffer if less water is available. Photo of Palo Verde Dam near Blythe, Calif., by Sandra J. Owen-Boyce, U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES — A little more than half the economy of Southern California is dependent in some way on the health of the Colorado River system, according to a new report that quantifies the value of the river to the seven Western states that use it. Researchers at Arizona State University found ...Read More

PHOTO: Among the winners of this year's Best Development Awards from 1000 Friends of Iowa is the Madison Flats apartment building in Des Moines. Photo courtesy: 1000 Friends of Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's been a steadily changing trend in Iowa - and more often, there's a focus on the future and quality of life in residential construction and renovations. According to Siobhan Spain, program director for the Best Development Awards, at 1000 Friends of Iowa, the state has one of ...Read More

PHOTO: The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund approved by Iowa voters in 2010 remains unfunded but that could soon change with 2015 session, underway today (Monday). Photo credit: Tony Fischer/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The gavel comes down today to open the 2015 Iowa Legislature, and among the proposals to be considered is a move to raise taxes for the environment and recreation. In 2010, Iowa voters approved a constitutional amendment for a future sales tax increase to go to a Natural R ...Read More

PHOTO: Oil wells near La Habra Heights, Calif., are nothing new; this photo is from the 1920s. But residents will vote in March on rules to restrict new oil and gas development, and also such high-intensity drilling techniques as fracking. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Elections in less than two months are the talk of two small southern California communities where voters will decide the future of oil and gas drilling in their areas – and the results could set the tone for other parts of the state. In La Habra Heights, residents ...Read More

PHOTO: The 64th Legislative Assembly begins Tuesday in Bismarck, and oil and gas issues within the energy industry will be among those high on the docket. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The gavel comes down to open the 2015 North Dakota Legislature Tuesday, and among the issues lawmakers will be asked to address this session are infrastructure improvements for oil and gas extraction. The EmPower North Dakota Commission is recommending about $1 billion in funding o ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul on Tuesday for the opening of the 2015 legislative session, and while there is support from both parties to improve transportation, differing views on how to fund the work may present a roadblock. Photo credit: Teresa Boardman/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Transportation is among the items topping the agenda as the 2015 Legislature gavels into session today in St. Paul. While Democrats and Republicans differ in how they would address the state's ailing roads and bridges, both parties have voiced the need for improving the transporta ...Read More

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