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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

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PHOTO: In Arizona and other Western states, there are ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to try to gain control of federally managed public lands, despite strong public opposition. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management.

PHOENIX – The battle over control of federally managed public lands in Arizona doesn't seem to have an end in sight. Following this year's legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed two bills (HB 2176, HB 2318), which sought state control of federal lands. Ducey did sign House Bill 2658 into ...Read More

PHOTO: NRCS Earth Team volunteer Shawn McKay (front) talks with a rancher in Union County about options to redevelop a livestock watering system and help protect a stream that provides important salmon habitat. Photo courtesy National Resources Conservation Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. - On this Earth Day, farms and ranches across Oregon are getting land and wildlife conservation ideas and assistance from a group known as the Earth Team. It's the Natural Resources Conservation Service volunteer organization, made up of 15 people in Oregon who put in about 1,200 hou ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of conservation and environmental groups are giving the Republican-led Congress a failing grade on protecting the nation's waterways and air. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups. The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public ...Read More

PHOTO: The fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill highlights concerns over offshore oil drilling along North Carolina's coast. Photo credit: NOAA.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - As the country observes the fifth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which continues to impact the Gulf Coast, there are growing concerns over whether the same thing could happen off the coast of North Carolina. A new federal proposal would allow off ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis ...Read More

PHOTO: A number of environmental groups are questioning a yes vote by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on a nonbinding budget resolution that could limit the EPA's definition of which U.S. waters should come under protections. Photo credit: Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward with plans to clarify the Clean Water Act to safeguard more waterways in Minnesota and across the nation, environmental groups are urging U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to get onboard. Gary Botzek, executive director of the Minn ...Read More

PHOTO: With a majority of farmland in Iowa now being farmed by someone who doesn't own the land, efforts are under way to better connect the farmer tenants and landowners on conservation practices that can help with water quality and soil health. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

WATERLOO, Iowa – As Iowa continues to look for ways to improve water quality and reduce erosion with some 30 million acres of farmland in the state, one growing challenge is the number of absentee landowners. Clark Porter, who manages Porter Family Farms in Waterloo, says more than half of fa ...Read More

PHOTO: The Holston River is listed as the third "most endangered river" in the nation by the group, American Rivers. Photo courtesy: flickr.com/dmott9

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Tennessee is the only state in the nation to have two rivers listed as "endangered" by the environmental group American Rivers. The Holston River, in the northeast part of the state, ranks third on the list and the Harpeth River in middle Tennessee is listed ninth out of 10. Eri ...Read More

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