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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: A Republican Senator offers a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

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PHOTO: A 10-year review of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard shows it created 100 new jobs a year, and added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Renewable energy has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry in Montana. A new report takes a look at the economic landscape during the 10 years of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and finds renewable energy has added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Jeff ...Read More

Photo: Duke Energy announced plans to retire Asheville's Lake Julian coal-fired power plant and build a natural gas and solar generation facility. Photo credit: Asheville Beyond Coal

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In four-to-five years North Carolina will have one less coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy on Tuesday announced plans to retire Asheville's 376-megawatt coal plant. It's something the Beyond Coal campaign has sought for the last five years and senior representative Kelly Martin ...Read More

PHOTO: Are clearer skies ahead for Indiana's environment? Some environmental groups say while there have been better efforts to improve air and water quality, the state is still falling behind in environmental protections. Photo credit: ranbud/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - With the 45th anniversary of Earth Day this week, some are reflecting on the progress and the missteps Indiana has made, environmentally speaking. Jess Kharbanda, executive director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, says there have been major strides in efforts to improve air ...Read More

PHOTO: Zach Tucker and his brother have grown their energy-efficient lighting company, One3LED, from two employees to more than 20, and are among the more than 40,000 Missourians now working in the clean energy sector. Photo courtesy of Z. Tucker.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When it comes to putting Missourians to work, the clean energy sector is making big strides. That's according to a new report which finds the industry now employs more than 40,000 people statewide. When Zach Tucker and his brother started One3LED three years ago, it was just the tw ...Read More

PHOTO: Every year in the U.S. and Canada, there are about 25,000 crashes, resulting in 80 to 90 deaths, from material unintentionally discharged from vehicles. Photo credit: w.marsh/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowa slowly inches closer to summer, it's becoming a common site on roadways across the state – vehicles hauling yard and garden waste or large, bulky items to area landfills – and drivers are being urged to secure their loads. Leslie Irlbeck, program and ou ...Read More

PHOTO: As California implements mandatory water restrictions, Arizona officials say despite a 15 year drought, such measures are not likely in the Grand Canyon State. Photo credit: California Department of General Services.

PHOENIX – Despite the years-long drought on the Colorado River, Arizona is not facing the historic mandatory water restrictions being implemented in neighboring California, according to Thomas Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Buschatzke says Arizona is a lea ...Read More

PHOTO: It has become the world's largest civic observance, and thousands of people across Iowa are making plans to take part in the 45th annual Earth Day with events to be held on and around April 22. Photo credit: Metro Waste Authority.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the springlike weather that's now being enjoyed across Iowa, residents are busy making plans and getting ready for next month's 45th annual Earth Day celebration. For those looking to get involved, said Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager at Metro Waste Authority, a ...Read More

PHOTO: Solid fracking waste is piling up by hundreds of thousands of tons at seven New York landfills, according to a report by Environmental Advocates of New York. They are calling for emergency action. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

NEW YORK - Nearly a half million tons of solid fracking waste form Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York landfills, according to a new report that calls upon the Cuomo administration to take emergency action. Liz Moran, water and natural resources associate with Environmental Advocates of New Y ...Read More

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