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    PNS Daily Newscast - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016Topping the news today: 0 


    Topping the news today: Voters in Oregon will be asked if they want to raise taxes on huge corporations to pay for schools, health care and senior services. Also out West, protestors are rallying against fracking, and Comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial.

Urban Planning/Transportation

Arkansas insurance companies offer seniors a discount if they take a driver's refresher course. (AARP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Cars, traffic rules and driving conditions change, so AARP is urging Americans to take a traffic refresher course, especially if they're older. Over the past two decades, Frank Gardner, a driver-safety coordinator and instructor for the AARP Smart Driver Program has taught more ...Read More

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i ...Read More

Expanding existing energy efficiency and renewables policies would help Connecticut reach target reductions in greenhouse gases. (SayCheeeeeese/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing in Connecticut, putting state-mandated reduction targets at risk. The state is legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. But new analysis by the Acadia Center shows the state's tota ...Read More

More than 40 Minnesota mayors want state lawmakers to include adequate funding for new bike and walking paths in the next transit budget. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Lawmakers are debating this week how Minnesota should invest millions of dollars into fixing and upgrading the state's roads and bridges. A group of more than 40 mayors is urging the legislature to include dollars to make it safer for foot and bike traffic to get around Minnesota ...Read More

Environmentalists and others are fighting a plan to ship coal mined in Utah by rail to Oakland for international export. (traveler1116/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - A $53 million plan for Utah to buy a share of a coal-export facility in California is sparking controversy over both funding for the deal and its potential impact on the environment. The complex scheme would send coal mined in Utah by rail to a terminal in Oakland, where it would ...Read More

It is National Bike Month, and Granite Staters are gearing up for a number of events including National Bike to Work Day next week. (Mike Clifford)

CONCORD, N.H. - The Granite State is getting into gear for National Bike Month and local enthusiasts say there are plenty of benefits for those who decide to get involved. Bernie Fournier is a ride leader with the Granite State Wheelmen. He says from your personal health to the environment, there ...Read More

Cars with special sensors mapped more than 800 miles of Jacksonville, a pilot city for a project to detect small natural gas leaks. (Environmental Defense Fund)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - How safe are the natural gas lines under your street? A new high-tech tool is helping to answer that question, while potentially sparing damage to the environment and your wallet. The collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach sent cars equi ...Read More

Whether it is riding to work, the store or just for fun, Bay Staters have plenty of riding opportunities during National Bike Month. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - It's National Bike Month, offering plenty of opportunities for folks in Massachusetts to press their feet to the pedals and get on the road. Stefanie Seskin, active transportation director for the Boston Transportation Department, runs the Boston Bikes Program. She says they are encoura ...Read More

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