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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: President Obama mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; California is having a monumental moment; for college students, it’s time to think about financial aid.

Civic Engagement

North Carolina's Community Action Agencies "show the love" to their communities year-round. (mariask/morguefile.com)

LILLINGTON, N.C. - With Valentine's Day just two days away, many North Carolinians are looking for ways to "show the love" to friends and family - but North Carolina's 37 community-action agencies do that 365 days a year in the communities they serve. At least 92,000 people annually receive assista ...Read More

Robins are among the birds that will be observed in Michigan during the Great Backyard Bird Count. (Lip Kee/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - If you have 15 minutes free over the next few days, you could help contribute to one of the biggest annual citizen-science projects. Volunteers are needed in Michigan for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from today through Monday. Rachelle Roake, conservation science coord ...Read More

Counting prisoners as local residents gives communities with prisons some extra representation in politics. (Sean Hobson/flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A coalition of organizations wants Connecticut to end the practice of counting prisoners as residents of the towns where the prisons are located. It's known as "prison gerrymandering," and civil-rights advocates say it undermines the principle of "one person, one vote." Peter Wagn ...Read More

Ohio's state bird, the cardinal, is the most commonly spotted bird in the Great Backyard Bird Count. (Lip Kee/Flickr)

CLEVELAND - If you have 15 minutes free over the next few days, you could help contribute to one of the biggest annual citizen-science projects. Volunteers still are needed in Ohio for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from today through Monday. Marnie Urso, senior program manager at the Na ...Read More

The BLM plans a public hearing Tuesday in Farmington on its proposed regulations for release of methane gas from wells on federal lands. (greturusangel/morguefile)

FARMINGTON, N.M. - The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing in Farmington on Tuesday about proposed regulations for releasing natural gas from wells on federal lands. According to the agency, the rule is designed to reduce venting, leaking and flaring of methane to cut waste and emi ...Read More

The future of North Carolina's March 15 Primary is in question after a federal appeals court ordered the state to redraw the districts. The state is has asked the court to reconsider the decision. (southernfried/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant an emergency stay of a federal appeals court order for the state to redraw Congressional Districts 1 and 12 by Feb. 19, in advance of the March 15 primary. The districts were found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court ...Read More

February is "National Young Voter Month," an effort by the League of Women Voters to help young people embrace and navigate the electoral process. (iStockphoto)

DENVER - February is "National Youth Voter Month," an effort by the League of Women Voters to help young people embrace and navigate the electoral process. In Colorado, 16 year olds can pre-register when they take their driver's license test, and can vote after they turn 18. Marlu Burkamp, spokesw ...Read More

Logan Airport workers rally today in support of a bill getting a State House hearing to boost airport workers' pay to $15 an hour. (SEIU)

BOSTON - A measure to boost Logan Airport workers' wages to $15 an hour comes up for a hearing today at the State House and some of those workers will be on the State House steps to show their support for the measure. Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) favors a $15 hourly minimum for all workers i ...Read More

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