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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Urban Planning/Transportation

PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide ...Read More

PHOTO: New York Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented Gov. Cuomo and his Cabinet with their reports recommending a continued ban on fracking for natural gas. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a long-awaited announcement, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ruled the potential health and environmental risks of fracking for natural gas are too great and not enough is known about them to allow it in New York. In extending a de facto ban on using ...Read More

PHOTO: Many Ohio colleges and universities are making bike-sharing and public transit options easier to access for students. Photo credit: cohdra/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The millennial generation is driving less often than older generations, and experts say colleges and universities in Ohio are stepping up to meet the demand for alternative transit options. Phineas Baxandall, a senior analyst for the Ohio Public Interest Research Group, said school ...Read More

PHOTO: Recommendations from the Washington Dept. of Ecology outline how to fund and prepare for oil-shipment emergencies, when tribes and conservation groups think the focus should be on curtailing oil transport through the state. Photo credit: marpalusz/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology made recommendations this week for what the state could do to handle and fund the risks that come with increased shipments of oil by rail and water. Its report says 3 million gallons a week already move through Washington by train, a numb ...Read More

PHOTO: About two-thirds of the crude oil shipped by rail in the U.S. is transported in DOT-111 tank cars. A lawsuit alleges they aren't sturdy or safe enough for that purpose, and asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban their use for oil shipment. Photo credit: dhaluza/Wikipedia.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that the federal government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Rick Snyder's office estimates the poor condition of the state's roads costs Michigan families $500 per year in repairs and lost wages, but local leaders say the cost to business development in the state is even higher. Photo courtesy of www.michigan.gov.

LANSING, Mich. - Anyone who has driven on Michigan's roads likely will complain about their condition, but local leaders say the state's crumbling infrastructure isn't just a burden for drivers - it's a barrier to business. That's why they're urging lawmakers to take action. In Sterling Heights, th ...Read More

PHOTO: Doctors say smog is taking a toll on Missourians, and some are urging the EPA to adopt even stricter air-quality standards than the ones the agency is now proposing. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.com.

ST. LOUIS - New regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could help clear the air in Missouri, and across the nation. The EPA recently released a proposal to significantly strengthen protections against ground-level ozone pollution, better known as smog, and health experts ...Read More

PHOTO: Among last year's winners of Iowa's Best Development Awards is the Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company and Loft Apartments in Ottumwa. Photo courtesy of Appanoose.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The search is on once again for the most innovative projects across Iowa that follow so-called smart growth initiatives, which are focused on sustainability, not sprawl. This is the 14th year of the Best Development Awards from the group 1000 Friends of Iowa. Program Man ...Read More

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