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    PNS Daily News - February 26, 20150 


    No turning back on net neutrality, the FCC takes a big vote today; also on our nationwide rundown; updates on child poverty, voting rights, and a look at whether the American Kennel Club is fighting against puppy mill laws.

Urban Planning/Transportation

PHOTO: Voices across Iowa are calling for a 'Fix It First' approach to roads and bridges, following Tuesday's passage of a bill to raise the state gas tax by 10-cents. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature has approved a 10-cent hike in the state's gas tax to fund roads and bridges, and residents and organizations speaking out after the bill's passage say the initial focus must be on repairing existing infrastructure. Laura Belin, a 1000 Friends of Iowa board ...Read More

PHOTO: As President Obama prepares to veto a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, New York landowners are gearing up for a fight over a different pipeline. The Constitution Pipeline could cut right through their backyards. Photo courtesy of Public Citizen.

NEW YORK, N. Y. — As President Obama prepares to veto a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, New York landowners are gearing up for a fight over a different pipeline - one that could cut right through their backyards. The Constitution Pipeline would carry gas through 126 miles of forests ...Read More

PHOTO: Gas prices may be low, but a new survey shows consumers donít believe prices will stay that way and they want their next car or truck to get better gas mileage. Photo courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net

WASHINGTON, D. C. — Gas prices will go up again. That's what consumers believe, according to a new survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America. It also finds that car buyers still have an eye on better mileage. Mark Cooper, CFA's director of research, says nearly 86 percent rank ...Read More

PHOTO: A witness who had to flee Monday's huge train derailment and explosion in West Virginia says it has changed how he looks at rail shipment of crude oil. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A witness who fled Monday's train derailment and massive fire says he can't help but wonder now if he and his neighbors are safe from trains carrying crude oil. Iraq War veteran Brandon Truman lives in Boomer, W. Va., directly across the river from where the tanker cars e ...Read More

PHOTO: A revitalized downtown and Mill District of Biddeford is one of the success stories in a new report that says Maine's nonprofit organizations contribute an estimated $10 billion to the state's economy. Photo credit: Tomasso/Wikimedia Commons

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maine's nonprofits profit Maine. That's the takeaway from a biennial report on the status of the nonprofit sector in the Pine Tree State. According to the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the state's nonprofit organizations contribute an estimated $10 billion to the state's eco ...Read More

PHOTO: It was a standing-room-only crowd at Wednesday's Port of Portland Commission meeting, as workers for airport service subcontractors shared their concerns and heard commissioners' preliminary suggestions for improving Portland International Airport as a workplace. Photo credit: Jesse Stemmler.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Portland International Airport (PDX) got a chance on Wednesday to address their concerns directly to the Port Commission about subcontractors' working conditions and policies. At the meeting, commissioners shared their own first draft of "Workplace Initiatives" for Airpo ...Read More

PHOTO: It is a tough time of year for biking, but a new challenge from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation could make streets safer for all in Connecticut. Credit: K. Kennedy

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's a call for safer streets from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation to mayors and elected officials nationwide and local advocates say Connecticut needs to move to the forefront. It's called the Mayor's Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, and Kelly Ken ...Read More

PHOTO: A smoggy day in Chicago is the result of ground-level ozone, or smog that can make breathing more difficult for many people. Photo credit: sfquixote/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Ground-level ozone, or smog, not only makes cities hazy on sunny days, it also causes breathing difficulties for many people. Smog is a byproduct of tailpipe and industrial emissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is debating strengthening the limit to 60 ...Read More

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