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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 

    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.


PHOTO: Tree plantings are among the 83 projects being funded with a new round of grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - From planting trees and grasses to "green up" neighborhoods, to restoration of storm-water systems, $1.6 million in grants for more than 80 projects have just been announced by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The group's executive director, Dr. Jana Davis, says they offer a wide range ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia lawmakers are taking up a bill that would roll back part of the water protection law passed after last year's Elk River spill. Observers say it includes a loophole that might apply to Freedom Industries. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia state Senate is considering putting what critics are calling "loopholes" in water protections passed after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill. The Senate Judiciary Committee took its first look at Senate Bill 423 on Tuesday. The measure would roll ba ...Read More

PHOTO: The massive Dan River coal ash spill left remnants of the toxic substance on the riverbank. Duke Energy is being charged with violating the Clean Water Act for this and other water pollution from its coal ash ponds. Photo courtesy of Catawba Riverkeeper.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Late Friday, federal prosecutors filed nine criminal charges against Duke Energy for the pollution caused by the company's coal ash slurry ponds and subsequent violations of the Clean Water Act. The charges include power plants in Asheville, Charlotte, Goldsboro, Chatham County ...Read More

PHOTO: Companies such as Cape Fear River Adventures count on the health of the North Carolina coast and are concerned about the possibility of offshore drilling. Photo credit: Cape Fear River Adventures

WILMINGTON, N.C. - With its 300 miles of coastline, North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to the health of the Atlantic. It's why government, environment and business leaders are joining together to voice their concerns over the Obama administration's recent announcement that it would open ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmentalists say the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil in Montgomery, West Virginia, highlights the threats to drinking water and public safety from the transportation of oil and other chemicals by rail. Photo credit: The office of Governor Earl Ray Tomlin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The derailment and massive explosion of a crude oil tanker train highlights threats to drinking water, as well as concerns about shipping crude oil and chemicals, advocates say. The train derailment in Fayette County on Monday forced American West Virginia Water to suspend tap w ...Read More

PHOTO: Some farmers and ranchers in Arizona and other drought-ravaged western states are eligible for emergency government loans linked to the USDA declaring 256 counties as natural disaster areas. Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX - It may only be February, but several drought-ravaged counties in Arizona and other Western states already are under a "primary natural disaster declaration." Val Dolcini, administrator for the Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, says the action opens up financial assista ...Read More

Photo: The American Heart Association is reminding people to take steps to improve their heart health this Valentine's Day, including improving their diet and increasing exercise. Photo credit: AHA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hearts are everywhere this week as Americans prepare to celebrate a holiday that is projected to gross a record-setting $18.9 billion this Valentine's Day. But medical experts want to remind folks it's the heart that should be top of mind. The American Heart Association says reg ...Read More

PHOTO: A law passed amidst protests at the state Capitol after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill may be gutted by bills at this year's legislative session, according to observers. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Bills that critics say would gut West Virginia's new drinking-water protections are provoking public anger just days after being filed. House Bill 2574 and Senate Bill 423 would undo many provisions of the law passed after last year's Elk River chemical spill. One analysis says ...Read More

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