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    PNS Daily News - Friday November 27, 20150 

    We’re featuring a variety of topics in today’s news including: Chicago protestors demanding more information about a deadly police shooting; an innovative housing program for ex-offenders shows promise in New York; and some Black Friday deals may not be worth the hassle.

Urban Planning/Transportation

A new system to track wrong-way drivers will be tested in Phoenix. Credit: Arizona Dept. of Transportation

PHOENIX – Interstate 17 in Phoenix is the deadliest stretch of road in Arizona when it comes to wrong-way crashes, with 26 deaths in the past decade. So, this week the Department of Transportation announced that's where it is going to test a new prototype system to track wrong-way drivers. Ar ...Read More

Drought is one of North Carolina's vulnerabilities when it comes to climate change, according to a recent report. Credit: inkogutto/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's tourism industry generated $20 billion last year alone, and a new report predicts natural disasters, largely brought on by extreme weather, would threaten that revenue. The report, States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card, gives the state a grade of " ...Read More

Clean-energy advocates say New York may need 85 percent renewable power by 2030 to reach carbon reduction goals. Credit: Mat Fascione/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make getting half the state's electric power from renewable sources by the year 2030 a requirement, but some energy advocates say that's not enough. With the United Nations Climate Change conference beginning next week, the governor is putting the p ...Read More

Environmental organizations are criticizing a move by San Diego Gas and Electric to lobby against community energy providers. Credit: Laura Musikanski/Morguefile.

SAN DIEGO – Environmental organizations are mobilizing to fight one of the state's three biggest power companies over an issue known as "community choice aggregation," a movement by cities to create nonprofit agencies to buy and sell power to consumers. San Diego Gas and Electric just announc ...Read More

A new report shows many Coloradans face barriers to health-promoting activities such as walking, cycling, and accessing fresh food where they live, work and play. Credit: Wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto

DENVER - How much money you make and your ethnic background have a big impact on neighborhood infrastructure and your chances for a healthy life, according to a new report by the Urban Land Institute and Colorado Health Foundation. The survey found more than half of the state's residents say they ...Read More

Conservationists say they are frustrated that Congress has failed to reauthorize a conservation fund with long-standing bipartisan support. Credit: Live Monumental Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. - Congress' failure to reauthorize a popular land and water fund is drawing bipartisan scorn from Virginia conservationists. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has taken money from offshore oil and gas royalties. It gives grants to protect and improve everything ...Read More

Portland International Airport janitor Julie Hayden spoke at a national rally this week in support of a $15 minimum wage and the right to join a union. Courtesy: SEIU

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's busiest airport isn't among the seven where service workers went on strike on Thursday, but janitors, baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants and others at Portland International Airport say they have all the same complaints. Julie Hayden, who works as a janitor at PDX, ca ...Read More

A new study of bike-share programs in Sun Belt cities shows the majority of rides are replacing other modes of transportation. Credit: Seraphimblade/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - More people are sharing bicycles to meet their daily transportation needs and people living in Sun Belt cities are also using bike-share programs for recreation according to a new report from Rice University. Kelsey Walker, research fellow and report co-author with Rice's Kinder I ...Read More

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