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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our rundown including; The Supreme Court tells a Kentucky Court Clerk she can’t refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

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Coal mining, as seen here, is a big part of the economy on the Navajo Reservation. The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting in Farmington today on the issue of raising the royalty fees coal companies pay to mine on public lands. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – The amount of royalties coal companies pay for mining on public lands amounts to taxpayers in New Mexico and across the country getting ripped off, according to a Sierra Club official. Robert Tohe, the Sierra Club’s organizing representative for its Dirty Fuels campai ...Read More

A small-business coalition says building a large oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver would change the city's character and culture, and end up costing more jobs than it creates. Credit: Washington Department of Transportation.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Small businesses in Vancouver say the city is becoming its own economic powerhouse and doesn't need an oil-shipping terminal to create jobs. Members of the group "Vancouver 101" estimate that if only one in 30 businesses now in the area moves or closes because of a proposed Tesor ...Read More

PHOTO: Research from UNC finds that African-American children have more success in early literacy classes when they're encouraged to share oral narratives in the classroom. Photo credit: Joni Miltenburg/Morguefile.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – According to new research from the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, teachers should do more listening and less talking, particularly when it comes to encouraging literacy in African-American students. The study looked at more ...Read More

Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park is one of the featured locales in the 2015 Too Wild to Drill report from The Wilderness Society. Credit: U.S. Department of Interior.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Oil and gas leases from decades past are tied to the history and future of Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region, which is adjacent to Glacier National Park. The history of the region and pending oil and gas projects are showcased in a new report from The Wilderness Society c ...Read More

The U.S. Senate approved the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill (H.R. 1138/S. 583) on Tuesday. Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

BOISE, Idaho - What once was a highly controversial idea - wilderness designation for the Boulder-White Clouds region - is about to become law. The U.S. Senate approved the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Addition Act on Tuesday, an idea based on conservation ethics that ...Read More

Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab ...Read More

PHOTO: Hoover Dam on the Colorado River provides power to much of Southern California. Youth leaders from the group Nuestro Rio are working to save the river. Credit: Mike/morguefile

Instead of partying away the summer with friends, dozens of college kids from California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are celebrating Latino Conservation week by preparing for a leadership summit next week in Denver. They're all part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Sp ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of Nevadans volunteer at food banks, hospitals, animal shelters, and schools each year, and AARP Nevada is seeking nominees for its highest honor given for volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Douglas County, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who give their time and talents to help others can be nominated for an award that recognizes the positive contribution of volunteerism. Hilarie Grey with AARP Nevada says the 2015 AARP Nevada Andrus Award for Community Service – named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Pe ...Read More

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