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    PNS Daily News - September 2, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; a manhunt underway for three suspected cop killers in Chicago; the fatal shooting of a San Antonio man prompts a call for body cameras; a settlement should end indefinite solitary confinement in California; and some tips on keeping back to school kids healthy.

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A PUCO hearing is underway in Columbus to investigate a FirstEnergy proposal that critics contend is a bailout of aging power plants. Credit: Nyttend/Wikipedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – FirstEnergy executives took the stand Monday in a long-awaited Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) hearing, with billions of dollars at stake. FirstEnergy wants their three Ohio utilities to purchase energy at above-market prices to shore up two aging power plants, own ...Read More

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver, office of state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Credit: Colorado Judicial Branch.

DENVER – Environmental groups are doubling down after Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced the state will join a lawsuit to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Coffman, a Republican, told the Denver Post the plan would cost jobs, raise utility rates and undercut ...Read More

Wisconsin schools may soon display colored flags to represent the air quality on that day. Credit: American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The American Lung Association in Wisconsin is providing air quality flags to school districts around the state free of charge. The five colored flags reveal at a glance the day's air quality from good air to very unhealthy air. Knowing the day's air quality is important ...Read More

Satellite photo of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in August 2005. Credit: NOAA.

RICHMOND, Va. – Last Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Conservationists and community groups are using the occasion as a reminder of the lessons learned. Karen Forget, executive director of the environmental group Lynnhaven River Now, says a ...Read More

U.S. taxpayers have lost an estimated $380 million since 2006 because of flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites on federal lands. Credit: sakakawea7.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's U.S. senators are being urged to support efforts to have the federal government take action to end the waste of natural gas at drilling sites on public lands and the loss of the associated revenue. An ad campaign launched this week in North Dakota and several other s ...Read More

A watchdog group says natural gas that leaks or burns off is costing New Mexico taxpayers millions of dollars in lost revenue. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Venting and flaring at oil and natural gas wells on public lands in the Four Corners area costs the public millions in lost royalty revenue, and much more to corporations doing the extraction - not to mention releasing a major climate change contributor into the environment. Tax ...Read More

Lawmakers want an outside agency to do the risk assessment of a natural gas pipeline expansion project. Credit: Ian Beeby/freeimages.com

NEW YORK - Two New York lawmakers are calling for an independent risk assessment of a natural-gas pipeline near the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, and Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-Mount Kisco, said pipeline experts have found flaws i ...Read More

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

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