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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Native American Issues

PHOTO: A side of toxins with that? Groups critical of Washington's proposal to update water-quality standards claim it doesn't do enough to clean up pollution or curtail industrial waste discharge, while health warnings persist for eating fish caught in some locations. Photo credit: JRStock/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. - People can comment starting this week on new state water quality standards that already have been years in the making in Washington. Anyone who eats or catches fish will want to take a look at them. The new standards are based on higher fish consumption rates that are more realisti ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll, conducted by Tulchin Research and sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife, shows that Montanans strongly support efforts to restore wild bison. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. – The idea of wild bison restoration in Montana has strong voter support, according to a new poll by Tulchin Research. Jonathan Proctor is Rockies and Plains program director for the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, which sponsored the pole. He says the results also show t ...Read More

PHOTO: Recommendations from the Washington Dept. of Ecology outline how to fund and prepare for oil-shipment emergencies, when tribes and conservation groups think the focus should be on curtailing oil transport through the state. Photo credit: marpalusz/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology made recommendations this week for what the state could do to handle and fund the risks that come with increased shipments of oil by rail and water. Its report says 3 million gallons a week already move through Washington by train, a numb ...Read More

PHOTO: Maury Forman addresses a group of prospective entrepreneurs in Republic, Wash., an area that will feel the economic effects of the Buckhorn gold mine closure in 2015 and where residents are looking at other business opportunities. Photo courtesy Washington Dept. of Commerce.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Move over Shark Tank! Washington entrepreneurs are ready to dive into new business ventures – and across the state, this is the week to get started. The third annual Global Entrepreneurship Week has grown to include every county, and more than 200 workshops and class ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif ...Read More

PHOTO: The Bdote Learning Center is immersing students in the Dakota and Ojibwe languages, so they don't disappear as other Native American languages have. Photo courtesy of Bdote Learning Center.

MINNEAPOLIS - As the number of speakers fluent in Native American languages continues to fade, a Minnesota school like few others in this nation is helping to keep those languages alive. The Bdote Learning Center in Minneapolis is a year-round charter school where the students are immersed in eithe ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleven oil-by-rail projects have been proposed for the Northwest since 2012. This car, known as a DOT-111, is the type that carries Bakken crude oil. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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SEATTLE - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail, pipeline and fuel terminal proposals across Washington, Oregon and ...Read More

PHOTO: The Navajo Nation has settled longstanding legal claims against the U.S. government for a record $554 million. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Obama administration is paying a record $554 million to settle legal issues with the Navajo Nation over claims that the U.S. government mismanaged the tribe's money and natural resources for decades. Rick Abasta, communications director with the Navajo Nation, says th ...Read More

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