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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 


    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

Urban Planning/Transportation

The economy and quality of life on Long Island depend on the health of its water. (Benson Kua/Flickr)

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. - A new series of short videos highlights the threat of nitrogen pollution to drinking water and wildlife. Produced for the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, the videos present 11 personal perspectives on Long Islanders' relationships with their waters, and what needs to ...Read More

West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget, but it may not resolve the state's fiscal crisis. (West Virginia State Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Legislature has passed a budget, but it may be headed for a veto. A contentious special session resulted Thursday in a series of party-line votes. The GOP-backed budget would spend more than 20 percent of West Virginia's rainy-day fund, and includes no new revenue. D ...Read More

At full strength, a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview would ship 44 million tons of coal overseas each year. (Sam Beebe/Ecotrust)

PASCO, Wash. – Supporters and opponents are gathering in Pasco today for the final public hearing on a massive coal-export terminal in Longview. Meetings were held in Longview and Spokane last week after the release of an environmental impact study by the Washington State Department of Ecolo ...Read More

Clean-energy advocates protest against a power plant proposed for Oxnard at a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission in December. (Rene Garcia/CAUSE)

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted today to approve a permit for a new gas-fired power plant in the City of Oxnard, over the objections of the Oxnard City Council and local clean energy advocates. The Puente Power Project, a 262-megawatt peaker plant backed by NR ...Read More

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

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