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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

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Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps members planting trees. The corps class of 2016 is being announced today. Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

EDGEWATER, Md. – It's a tough job, but one so popular it's been expanded every year since 2010. Forty-one young men and woman ages 18 to 25 make up the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps class of 2016, being introduced today. The class will spend a year working on projects benefiting the Chesa ...Read More

PHOTO: The public can weigh in this week on proposed restrictions on tourists swimming with endangered manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County. Photo credit: Durden Images/iStockphoto.com.

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – The public can weigh in this week on strict new rules to limit the number of people who can swim with manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife holds two meetings this week – on Wednesday night for companies that r ...Read More

PHOTO: Emissions from power plants continue to contribute to hazy skies and the effects of climate change. Being a sea level wetland, the Everglades stands to enjoy the most immediate benefits of the president's new Clean Power Plan. Photo credit: David Parsons/iStockphoto.com

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – Environmentalists say Florida's national parks will enjoy considerable benefits from President Obama's new Clean Power Plan, which mandates significantly lower emissions at all coal-fired power plants. The air quality in Everglades National Park ranked the third worst of ...Read More

Texans urged to be prepared for hurricane season. Credit: NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf. ...Read More

PHOTO: Scientists say Dungeness crab is one of dozens of marine species along the west coast affected by excess carbon dioxide in ocean water, the result of a warming climate. Photo credit: MConnors/morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate change is turning ocean water more acidic and creating low-oxygen "dead zones" – issues that have serious implications for the entire oceanic ecosystem. That's the subject of a Wednesday workshop in Sacramento on the findings of the West Coast Ocean Acidific ...Read More

Gulf Coast voters still concerned about the impacts of Deepwater Horizon spill. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

AUSTIN, Texas - Voters along the Gulf Coast still are worried about the long-term impacts of the BP oil spill, and a majority want BP settlement money to pay for restoration and conservation projects, according to a new poll from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and The Nature Conser ...Read More

PHOTO: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants anglers to participate in a survey to help the agency better set future fishing seasons and catch limits. Photo credit: MGDBoston/Morguefile.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nearly one million Floridians purchased recreational fishing licenses last year, and went fishing in the Gulf of Mexico 3.3 million times. Unfortunately, data is sketchy on how many fish Florida anglers are actually catching, and where most of their fishing trips are taken ...Read More

A federal court has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen to clean up Pennsylvania tributaries of Chesapeake Bay - including reducing polluted farm runoff. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, whi ...Read More

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