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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

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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

PHOTO: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending the strongest open-Internet regulations ever proposed by the agency, which would classify the web the same as any other utility. Photo credit: Blalse Alleyene/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to reclassify the Internet the same as a utility, which would improve access for rural Illinoisans. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced yesterday he will seek to have the Internet regulated under Title II of the Com ...Read More

PHOTO: Passports are now being offered to visitors at Nevada's many state parks in an effort to increase tourism. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

CARSON CITY, Nev. – State officials are hoping that a new marketing effort using passports will boost tourism to Nevada's 23 state parks, recreation areas and historic sites. Eric Johnson, an administrator with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the Division of St ...Read More

PHOTO: As Washington becomes more diverse, workshops are being held in schools across the state to acquaint teachers and school personnel with refugee customs and experiences, and help them relate to the new students and families in their area. Photo credit: kobby_dagan/
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SEATTLE - As Washington's population becomes more diverse, there's a greater need to understand what refugees go through, to help them adapt. School's Out Washington is sponsoring training to explain the issues faced by refugees to teachers and other school workers. Beth Farmer, a licensed indepen ...Read More

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