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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Environmental Justice

The Minnesota Farmers Union will be debating how several national policies will affect local food producers this weekend. Credit: Jackske/

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some big topics are slated to come up at this year's Minnesota Farmers Union's state convention. The group is holding its yearly meeting Saturday and Sunday to discuss several issues before sending delegates to the national convention next year. For one, they will be debating the ...Read More

Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians live in areas that fail to meet federal safeguards for smog pollution. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board approved a new rule on Tuesday that will reduce smog-causing pollution from most coal-fired power plants, but gave one of the biggest sources a pass. Nitrogen Oxide, or NOx, is particularly harmful to children, seniors and those with h ...Read More

Organic farmer Mardy Townsend of Ashtabula County is worried about the effects of fracking waste on the environment, as well as her crops. Courtesy: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

WINDSOR, Ohio – From spills to earthquakes, environmental and agriculture groups say hydraulic fracturing poses serious threats to land, water and public health. Ohio is one of several states taking part in a National Day of Action today, calling for an end to fracking waste and fracking-rela ...Read More

Local advocates say they will be out in force at the Clean Power Plan hearing in Carson City. They say the plan needs to allocate jobs and other benefits to local communities of color, because they suffer some of the worst consequences of carbon pollution. Courtesy: Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. - There will be plenty of focus on the environment at today's Stakeholder Meeting on the Clean Power Plan, but local advocates say attention also needs to be paid to carbon pollution's impact on communities of color. A.J. Buhay, field organizer with the Progressive Leadership Al ...Read More

Opponents of bear hunting held a vigil near Orlando on Sunday as part of efforts to stop future hunts. Credit: Adam Sugalski

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The fight to save Florida's black bears will go on, as defenders of the bears say after last month's controversial hunt, they are more determined than ever to stop it from becoming an annual event. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have not y ...Read More

The Blue Ridge Parkway, which crosses through North Carolina, has received funding from the LWCF. Credit: youvebeenreviewed/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Advocates for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congress allowed to expire last month, say the fight is not over to restore funding. North Carolina has received $216 million over the last 50 years from the LWCF, and has funded projects at Cape Hatteras, on the Blue Ridge ...Read More

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality is one plaintiff in a 24-state lawsuit opposing the federal government and the implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Photo credit: Matthew Connors/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The state agency charged with protecting North Carolina's environmental quality is a plaintiff in a multi-state lawsuit against the federal government to halt the Clean Power Plan – which requires states to reduce emissions by 32 percent by 2030. With 24 states represent ...Read More

Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz., a coal-fired power plant. Credit: EX3N/iStock

PHOENIX - Climate change groups are speaking out against Arizona's participation in a lawsuit to block the "carbon rule" section of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. On Friday, Arizona joined 23 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency saying its plan to force states to cut car ...Read More

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