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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; 13 states are suing the EPA over the controversial Clean Water Rule; and a report on the defeat of some controversial education proposals in New York; and an Arizona congressman is backing legislation that would add greater protections to more than two million acres of public lands in the Grand Canyon State.

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PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi ...Read More

PHOTO: The nation's highest court has ordered a more detailed look at the costs of the EPA's new toxic emissions standards on coal-fired power plants. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should have considered the costs of tougher emissions standards on the power industry, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the federal agency to take another look at its new rules on air pollution from coal-fired power plants. O ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling over new rules regulating mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change Montana operations, as Big Sky power plants have already complied with EPA rules. Historic photo of a Colstrip plant under construction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. While the ruling means the agency has to rewrite s ...Read More

PHOTO: Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, which creates congressional and legislative districts based on Census Bureau data, has been deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling could have a national impact. Photo credit: U.S. Census Bureau.

PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Arizona's voter-approved Independent Redistricting Commission could have a national impact. The high court's five-to-four ruling affirmed the commission is constitutional. Robyn Prudhomme-Bauer, past president of the League of Women Voters o ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at ...Read More

PHOTO: You can still check out books at Minnesota libraries such as Thorson Memorial in Elbow Lake, but there's much more than happening these days at these community cornerstones. Photo courtesy Thorson Memorial Library.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a new chapter for many Minnesota libraries, with a transition in these changing times to becoming a cornerstone for communities beyond just the offering of books. At Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake, one focus over the past few years has been on programming that ...Read More

PHOTO: No one wants a repeat of the Mills Canyon fire or any other summer wildfire. But if blazes ignite, dozens of Washington State Association for Justice members say they're ready to help fire victims with legal advice, quickly and free of charge. Photo courtesy Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

TACOMA, Wash. – When someone's home or barn is going up in flames, their first thought is probably not, "Where's an attorney?" But soon enough, they might find they need one. This summer, more than 50 members of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) will be on call statewide to ...Read More

PHOTO: A candlelight vigil will be held in Fort Lauderdale tonight to remember the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting. Photo credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Activists are holding a vigil in Fort Lauderdale tonight to honor the nine victims of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The rally and march are intended to show solidarity with the Charleston community. Cassia Laham, an organizer of the event with Peop ...Read More

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