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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Urban Planning/Transportation

A new report shows RTD's fare structure prioritizes higher-income riders over the poor and people dependent on transit. (RTD)

DENVER - The Regional Transportation District may be basking in the glow of its successful launch of the A Train to Denver International Airport, but a new report by the Colorado Fiscal Institute takes the agency to task for failing to fulfill its mandate to serve the poor and people dependent on tr ...Read More

Flooding, such as that seen in Iowa in 2008, could be avoided in part through better topsoil management. (Newtben33/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The nutrient-rich topsoil that's taken away to level the land when homes and other new buildings are constructed doesn't often get replaced. While some cities and towns require that it's put back, many don't, and construction companies often sell off the soil. But Kari Carney, ...Read More

Women living closer to high levels of green vegetation have lower mortality rates than do women living in less green areas, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Women living closer to high levels of green vegetation have lower mortality rates than women living in less green areas, according to new researchfunded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bonnie Joubert Ph.D., ...Read More

Women living closer to high levels of green vegetation have lower mortality rates than do women living in less green areas, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

DENVER - Women living closer to high levels of green vegetation have lower mortality rates than women living in less green areas, according to new researchfunded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bonnie Joubert Ph.D., populat ...Read More

Workers took nearly a decade to replace every lead water pipe in Madison, Wis., but now the city and state are helping other communities struggling with the problem. (Madison Water Utility)

MADISON, Wis. - Several years ago, long before the crisis in Flint, Mich., Madison became the first community in the nation to replace all lead water pipes. Several other Wisconsin communities – including Green Bay, Wausau, Kaukauna, Marshfield and others – either have replacement pro ...Read More

Extensive tests have shown that even hands-free cell phone use is a dangerous distraction for drivers. (American Automobile Association)

MADISON, Wis. - If a law enforcement officer sees you talking on a handheld cell phone while driving in a construction zone, you could be pulled over and fined. Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that imposes a fine of $20 to $40 for drivers who get caught violating the new law. A second ...Read More

As part of National Walking Day, Minnesota health advocates are asking for more funding for the state's Safe Routes to School program. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many people gear up for National Walking Day, some Minnesotans are asking the state to do more to help youngsters find safer walking routes to school. Groups such as the American Heart Association are backing a $6 million funding plan for the "Safe Routes to School" program. Mi ...Read More

Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee, but too many people do it anyway  sometimes with disastrous results.  (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In the last 10 years, distracted driving was to blame for more than 172,000 accidents on Tennessee roadways, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety. Experts believe that number is actually higher, with not everyone reporting their distraction at the time of an accident. Ap ...Read More

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