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    PNS Weekend Update - October 10, 20150 

    Our news highlights a variety of topics including: a legal push to get the EPA to finally regulate oil and gas waste and NASA maps out its “Journey to Mars.”

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A bill introduced Thursday in Congress would allow mining in an area of the Mojave Desert that is already part of a proposed National Monument. Credit: Ryse Lawrence.

BARSTOW, Calif. – Mining exploration would be allowed in an area of the Mojave Desert deemed sensitive by environmental advocates if a bill introduced Thursday in Congress passes. The California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., wo ...Read More

Members of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Association show off their handiwork, built to go over the Dungeness River in Olympic National Forest. Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service

SEATTLE – More than two dozen projects on national forests in Washington need volunteers this Saturday for National Public Lands Day. Much of the work to be done is trail maintenance and cleanup, but there's also some painting and sprucing up of park structures in a few areas. Public lands ...Read More

A Virginia faith leader says it would be a mistake to see Pope Francis as politically liberal or conservative. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/Wikimedia

RICHMOND, Va. – Some will see the Pope Francis' remarks to Congress today through a political filter, but one Virginia faith leader says it's a mistake to view the pontiff as liberal or conservative. The Rev. Charles Swadley interim president and CEO of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Publ ...Read More

At a Portland conference, nonprofits are learning about organizations like The Stop, the first of what has become a thriving network of community centers in Canada focused on fighting poverty. Credit: Community Food Centres Canada

PORTLAND. Ore. - People who run food banks and soup kitchens across North America are in Portland this week to brainstorm ways to make their efforts more effective. One premise of the Closing the Hunger Gap conference is that hunger-fighting organizations do more to fight the causes of poverty and ...Read More

Congress is considering reauthorizing a fund that helps protect iconic sites such as Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management

DENVER - It's not a household name, but The Land and Water Conservation Fund may be one of the most successful conservation programs in the nation's history, according to a new report. The fund is set to expire in 20 days unless Congress moves to reauthorize the program. David Nickum, executive d ...Read More

Heavy equipment in a coal mine. Courtesy: 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

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

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