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    PNS Daily News - March 31, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: Opponents want Indiana’s controversial Religious freedom Restoration Act amended or repealed; Older Americans in Phoenix will be voicing their concerns as part of the White House Conference on Aging; controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to show his support today for a state takeover of public lands.

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PHOTO: Supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer-strip proposal are calling one of the most significant farmland stewardship initiatives for water quality and wildlife habitat in decades. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where water quality is key to quality of life, supporters of the buffer-strip proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton say it would have a positive impact for generations to come. The legislation would require farms to have 50 feet of perennial vegetation around ...Read More

PHOTO: A local court decision could slow the huge pipelines aiming to bring Marcellus gas to eastern markets. Photo by www.marcellus-shale.us

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia county court case may slow construction of big proposed natural-gas pipelines - a delay opponents say the pipelines can ill afford. A Suffolk County court said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did not follow the proper procedure when notifying a landowner. The company describe ...Read More

PHOTO: Senate Bill 312 would require reporting of all above-ground tanks storing toxic chemicals that are close to sources of surface-level drinking water in Indiana. Photo credit: Gnangarra/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS – A West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated the drinking-water source for 300,000 people last year is serving as a cautionary tale in Indiana. Supporters of Senate Bill 312 say it would help prevent a similar environmental disaster in Indiana by protecting drinking-water s ...Read More

PHOTO: Without help from humans, monster fish such as the white sturgeon face the possibility of extinction, according to Zeb Hogan, a conservation biologist at the University of Nevada - Reno. Photo courtesy of Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada-Reno.

RENO, Nevada - Some of the biggest freshwater fish in North America face certain extinction without human intervention, according to a University of Nevada-Reno researcher. Conservation biologist Zeb Hogan, whose research is featured in an exhibition opening this week at the National Geographic Mus ...Read More

PHOTO: On Tuesday, the EPA proposed adding a contaminated groundwater site in the Texas hill country to the National Priorities List of Superfund Sites. Photo credit: Zereshk/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a contaminated site in the Texas hill country to the Superfund National Priorities List. A plume of toxic tetrachloroethylene or PCE, was found in the groundwater one mile south of the city of Burnet, about 50 miles northwest ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesotans are being urged to "Rethink Your Drink" with one 12-ounce soda having around 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the daily recommendation on added sugars from the American Heart Association. Photo credit: Shardayyy/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - March is National Nutrition Month, and those across the state wanting to make some positive changes are being told to "Rethink Your Drink." Donna McDuffie, nutrition coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health, says far too many children and adults are getting an unhealt ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. He vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns about the impact on development of new renewable projects. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. The governor vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns that the move would a ...Read More

PHOTO: Emissions traced to transporting coal and other resources extracted from public lands have been tallied up in a new report that calls for the federal government to track those emissions, and find ways to reduce them.  Photo credit: Tony Alter/Flickr

SEATTLE - A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the United States can be traced to public lands. The report from The Wilderness Society and Center for American Progress includes ...Read More

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