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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

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PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t ...Read More

PHOTO: There's a lot to see and a lot of country to cover in the Owyhee Canyonlands, and a new group of outdoor enthusiasts based in Ontario is committed to doing just that. Photo credit: Chris Hansen

ONTARIO, Ore. – There's a new friends group in Oregon, dedicating time and sharing enthusiasm for the Owyhee Canyonlands. Friends of the Owyhee is part of an informal network of individuals who volunteer to help preserve special places, while enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people. ...Read More

PHOTO: Grandmother Yolanda Verona hugs granddaughter Frida Villagomez at the border fence in Friendship Park at Border Field State Park near San Diego. Photo credit: Maria Teresa Fernandez/Border Angels.

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Border Patrol opened a stretch of fence along the border with Mexico near San Diego for 15 minutes this weekend to let members of four long-separated families embrace. Part of the Friendship Day celebration and Children's Day holiday in Mexico, the event was organized by Border ...Read More

PHOTO: Arlington did well when measured by a new online interactive livability index set up by AARP. Photo courtesy of Flicker and Arlington County.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new livability index rates Arlington and four other Virginia communities as good places to "stay healthy, get around and enjoy life." AARP's new interactive online tool compares locations for housing, transportation, neighborhood services, health and the environment. It also consi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new survey shows cities in South Dakota are good places to live. Photo credit: Greater Dakota News Service.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The AARP Public Policy Institute has released findings of its Livability Index, a feature that allows people to see how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. The index will measure down to the neighborhood level on a number of important metrics. Sara ...Read More

PHOTO: The Ebey Blockhouse on Whidbey Island is one of the historic farm buildings at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville. The reserve is a candidate for preservation in 2016 with Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SEATTLE - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Energy Committee takes up the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has brought $600 million to the Evergreen State over the last 50 years for conservation and recreation projects. But the LWCF is set to expire this fall, and Congress h ...Read More

PHOTO: Hikers enjoy the east moraine of Wallowa Lake. Private land along the lake is part of a preservation proposal that depends on Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo credit: Kathleen Ackley, Wallowa Land Trust.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Almost every park, trail and scenic view in Oregon has been touched in some way by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But after 50 years, the fund is set to expire this fall. LWCF is money paid to the federal government by offshore oil and gas developers to be used for conservat ...Read More

PHOTO: Poet Kane Smego is coming to Charleston this week to address a conference of Social Workers. He says says he'll talk about a central part of his work - teaching young people how to use spoken word performances to better understand themselves and others. Photo courtesy of Smego.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Poetry is a tool that can help young people break out of isolation, according to the keynote speaker at a conference of social workers this week. Spoken word artist Kane Smego plans to talk to folks about how it works Wednesday morning during the annual spring conference ...Read More

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