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    PNS Daily News - March 27, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; airlines worldwide reported to be considering revamping cockpit rules; Philadelphia police shootings said to be part of a larger pattern; a new report ranks the jobs picture for college grads; and a comeback story for the piping plover.

Urban Planning/Transportation

PHOTO: Senate Bill 312 would require reporting of all above-ground tanks storing toxic chemicals that are close to sources of surface-level drinking water in Indiana. Photo credit: Gnangarra/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS – A West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated the drinking-water source for 300,000 people last year is serving as a cautionary tale in Indiana. Supporters of Senate Bill 312 say it would help prevent a similar environmental disaster in Indiana by protecting drinking-water s ...Read More

PHOTO: Four oil-train derailments and explosions in a single month (Feb.) prompted Washington's U.S. Senators to introduce legislation outlining major oil-shipment safety improvements. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On Wednesday, Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced a bill in Congress to improve safety of oil shipments by rail. It would require thicker tank car walls and safety features, and set limits on how volatile crude oil can be for rail transport. It also would ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Priorities Project analysis finds the Obama budget does a better job than House and Senate proposals to fund programs Americans say they most care about in recent polls. Credit: White House Photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new analysis sizes-up proposed national budgets from the House, Senate and Obama administration, and examines what those competing budgets mean for Maine and the nation. Lindsay Koshgarian is the research director for the New England-based National Priorities Project. She says t ...Read More

PHOTO: A committee hearing is set for today on a bill to provide funding for mobile food-shelf programs in Minnesota. Supporters say mobile pantries are more efficient and economical and can reach those families that lack transportation options. Photo credit: The Open Door.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota families who struggle with hunger often face a number of other challenges such as transportation - and a bill up for a hearing today at the state Capitol aims to make sure that getting to the food they need isn't one of them. Peter Woitock, a community organizer for Hung ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowans get a chance to weigh in today and next week as the Environmental Protection Commission holds hearings on proposed changes to the state's four-inch rule on topsoil. Photo credit: Carmen Shields/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A series of public hearings begins today on a controversial proposal to change the rule on the preservation of topsoil at Iowa's home and business construction sites. As it stands now, if one acre or more of land is disturbed during construction and there is at least four inches ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawmakers in Albany are proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for water infrastructure improvements that advocates say are long overdue, and would improve water quality on Long Island and statewide. Photo credit: Clarissa Roussan.

NEW YORK - Budget proposals are now pending in Albany that would address what many advocates agree are long overdue water quality needs across the state. If approved, the funds would go to fix some treatment facilities dating back to the 1950s. Carl LoBue, senior marine scientist with the Nature C ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds Ohioans with low income levels are struggling to find affordable rental housing, with more than 70 percent of extremely low-income renters spending more than half of their pay on rent and utility costs. Photo credit: Gracey Stinson/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New data from The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio finds many low-income Ohioans don't have much to live on after writing a check to their landlord. The report found more than 70 percent of extremely low-income renters in the state spend more than half their pay on ren ...Read More

PHOTO: The federal government is reviewing ways to maintain revenue for infrastructure improvements on freeways like I-40, which runs across the length of Tennessee from the Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains. Photo courtesy: Tennessee Department of Transportation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Gas tanks in Tennessee may remain full for longer periods of time thanks to the availability of fuel-efficient vehicles, but the glass is half-empty when it comes to declining gas tax revenue. Federal transportation dollars are down, and the federal Highway Trust Fund is set to r ...Read More

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