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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab ...Read More

PHOTO: A satellite image captures the spiral bands of Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston in 2008. Hurricane season is here, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents to be prepared. Historically, the most active months for storms are August and September. Photo courtesy of NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf. ...Read More

PHOTO: Thursday is Medicare's 50th birthday. The program provides medical coverage for an estimated 4 million Floridians, and has worked well enough that its backers are suggesting expanding it to include more than just people age 65 and older. Photo credit: liljoel/

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thursday is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and the program's advocates are using the occasion to push for a major expansion. Today, it provides health care to 55 million Americans, including 4 million in Florida. Medicare's proponents say it has been so successful that the co ...Read More

Photo: A survey from USDA shows what small towns can do to survive. Photo by GDNS

WASHINGTON – A recent study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service focused on towns that are losing population. It featured several in South Dakota and other states on the northern plains. Study co-author John Cromartie, a USDA geographer, travel ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. – When it comes to keeping small streams and wetlands clean, there's little controversy among hunters and anglers. A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Da ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows nearly unanimous support for the EPA's clean water policy among hunters and anglers in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Pennsylvania stream photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

CARLISLE, Pa. – A poll of national and Pennsylvania hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support, even among self-described conservatives, for a controversial EPA clean water policy. Commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the survey found support for an EPA plan to ap ...Read More

PHOTO: A bipartisan survey of hunters and anglers demonstrates broad support for applying the same rules and standards of the Clean Water Act to smaller streams and wetlands. The EPA has come under criticism for restoring protections. Photo credit: Billy Hathorn/Wikimedia.

DENVER – A new national survey of hunting and fishing enthusiasts reveals broad support among voters of all political stripes for applying Clean Water Act standards to smaller streams and wetlands. The poll was commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation. Bill Dvorak, a river outfitter ...Read More

Photo: There is a Republican-led push to dismantle Wisconsin's official government watchdog and ethics agency, the Government Accountability Board. Good-government advocate Mike McCabe of Blue Jean Nation says the agency is a good umpire, because it's independent and impartial, and that the agency should remain that way.

MADISON, Wis. – There is a move from Wisconsin's Republican Party leadership to dismantle the state's independent government watchdog and ethics agency, the Government Accountability Board (GAB). At the same time, there is pushback. The bill to create the agency was approved with only two ...Read More

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