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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 


    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Civic Engagement

PHOTO: Women's health organizations are mobilizing after the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a new Texas law that would leave the state with fewer than 10 clinics providing abortion services. Photo credit: Night Owl/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Women's health advocates in Texas are breathing a collective sigh of relief, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to delay a new law that would have closed all but nine of the clinics in Texas that perform abortion services. House Bill 2, passed in 2013, forces clini ...Read More

GRAPHIC: To help improve the state's air quality, thousands of Utah residents are expected to drive less this month as part of the annual Clear the Air Challenge. Graphic courtesy Salt Lake Chamber.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah residents are being asked to drive less in July as part of the state's annual Clear the Air Challenge, which organizers say has helped stop thousands of tons of emissions from entering the atmosphere. Ryan Evans, vice president of business and community relations with th ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of Nevadans volunteer at food banks, hospitals, animal shelters, and schools each year, and AARP Nevada is seeking nominees for its highest honor given for volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Douglas County, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who give their time and talents to help others can be nominated for an award that recognizes the positive contribution of volunteerism. Hilarie Grey with AARP Nevada says the 2015 AARP Nevada Andrus Award for Community Service – named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Pe ...Read More

PHOTO: More fuel-efficient cars are helping Florida reduce carbon emissions. A new report says the state is doing well in that regard, compared to most other states. Photo credit: jppi/morguefile.com.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has a big role to play in combating global warming, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Analysts for the nonprofit group Environment America examined the total reductions in carbon pollution projected, by state, for the next ten years. They found the Sun ...Read More

PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling over new rules regulating mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change Montana operations, as Big Sky power plants have already complied with EPA rules. Historic photo of a Colstrip plant under construction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. While the ruling means the agency has to rewrite s ...Read More

PHOTO: Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, which creates congressional and legislative districts based on Census Bureau data, has been deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling could have a national impact. Photo credit: U.S. Census Bureau.

PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Arizona's voter-approved Independent Redistricting Commission could have a national impact. The high court's five-to-four ruling affirmed the commission is constitutional. Robyn Prudhomme-Bauer, past president of the League of Women Voters o ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at ...Read More

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