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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Urban Planning/Transportation

PHOTO: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AARP Wyoming says the safety messages aren't just for drivers in the younger generation. Photo credit: Pexels.com

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and messages about distracted driving are not just intended for kids. With changes in car and truck technologies, as well as the rules of road, AARP Wyoming recognizes that hazards can exist for drivers beyond a cellphone. Jackie Martin ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the Swinomish Tribe, seen here at a tribal ceremony, are concerned that long trains of oil tank cars are crossing their reservation every week, a development the Tribe says violates its 1991 easement agreement with a rail company. Photo credit: Leslie Dierauf/U.S. Geological Survey.

SEATTLE - A Native American tribe says too many trains, some of which carry volatile Bakken crude, are crossing its reservation and it's suing the rail company to stop them. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community alleges BNSF Railway is violating an easement agreement made in 1991. The agreement se ...Read More

PHOTO: The recent explosion and fire that destroyed part of a city block and left two men dead in downtown Manhattan has raised new concerns about the health of New York's aging gas pipelines. But the problem could extend well beyond the city's borders. Photo credit: editrixie/CC.

NEW YORK - The recent explosion and fire that destroyed part of a city block and left two men dead in downtown Manhattan has raised new concerns about the health of New York's aging gas pipelines. But the problem could extend well beyond the city's borders. Adam Forman, research associate for the C ...Read More

PHOTO: While the Memorial Bridge was taken out of service in 2011, a new report finds more than 360 bridges in Maine in need of repair or upgrade. Photo credit: JayDuck Wikipedia Commons.

AUGUSTA, Maine - If your morning commute takes you across a bridge in Maine, a new report finds that you could be traveling across a span that is likely to have more structural issues than your neighbors' bridges in other New England states. Alison Black, chief economist for the American Road and T ...Read More

PHOTO: Many want Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Climate and Resiliency Commission to plan for sea-level rise on the Virginia Coast, in part because of storms such as Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of NASA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Terry McAuliffe's office wants to plan for climate change. Many want his Climate and Resiliency Commission to look at sea-level rise. Chris Miller recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He helped write a report on what's coming as ...Read More

PHOTO: As California implements mandatory water restrictions, Arizona officials say despite a 15 year drought, such measures are not likely in the Grand Canyon State. Photo credit: California Department of General Services.

PHOENIX – Despite the years-long drought on the Colorado River, Arizona is not facing the historic mandatory water restrictions being implemented in neighboring California, according to Thomas Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Buschatzke says Arizona is a lea ...Read More

PHOTO: Prioritizing clean energy is one reason cited for Washington's strong growth in utility industry jobs in a new report that ranks the state third in the U.S. for a brisk online market for jobs for college graduates. Photo credit: AcrylicArtist/Morguefile.

SEATTLE - Washington is one of the top three states in the country for its booming online job market for college graduates. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce says only Delaware and Massachusetts have more online job openings per graduate. It's a sign ...Read More

PHOTO: The idea of complete streets, where all forms of transportation, including biking and walking, are taken into consideration when building a road, is getting the backing of health advocates. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. – Health advocates are pointing to what's happening in Grant County as an example of how an inclusive transportation network can lead to a healthier community. The idea is known as Complete Streets, where all users of the roadway, including walkers and bikers, are considere ...Read More

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