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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

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PHOTO: Last week marked the 100th day of the 114th Congress, and it came with a briefing by conservation and environmental groups that said America's lands, water and wildlife are in peril from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the 114th Congress moves toward its 114th day, a briefing from conservation and environmental groups is giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues a failing grade thus far on lands, water, wildlife and climate action. Debbie Neustadt, an executive committ ...Read More

PHOTO: The asthma rate for children in Baltimore is more than twice the national average. That's one reason cited as two groups announce they will take Gov. Larry Hogan to court over his decision to block clean-air regulations. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BALTIMORE – A first-day-in-office move for Gov. Larry Hogan is headed to court, with the Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility having filed an intent to sue. The governor blocked a rule to require installation of pollution controls at coal-fired power plants. Davi ...Read More

PHOTO: LG&E and KU, sister power companies serving more than a million Kentuckians, have agreed to drop their request for a 67 percent increase to their customers' basic service charge. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will not be hit with a hefty increase in their basic service charge - the monthly fee they pay before even using a watt of electricity. The sister utilities have agreed to drop their request for a 67-percent increase t ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of conservation and environmental groups are giving the Republican-led Congress a failing grade on protecting the nation's waterways and air. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups. The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public ...Read More

PHOTO: The Ebey Blockhouse on Whidbey Island is one of the historic farm buildings at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville. The reserve is a candidate for preservation in 2016 with Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SEATTLE - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Energy Committee takes up the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has brought $600 million to the Evergreen State over the last 50 years for conservation and recreation projects. But the LWCF is set to expire this fall, and Congress h ...Read More

PHOTO: The fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill highlights concerns over offshore oil drilling along North Carolina's coast. Photo credit: NOAA.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - As the country observes the fifth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which continues to impact the Gulf Coast, there are growing concerns over whether the same thing could happen off the coast of North Carolina. A new federal proposal would allow off ...Read More

PHOTO: Zach Tucker and his brother have grown their energy-efficient lighting company, One3LED, from two employees to more than 20, and are among the more than 40,000 Missourians now working in the clean energy sector. Photo courtesy of Z. Tucker.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When it comes to putting Missourians to work, the clean energy sector is making big strides. That's according to a new report which finds the industry now employs more than 40,000 people statewide. When Zach Tucker and his brother started One3LED three years ago, it was just the tw ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups give Congress an "F" on the environment and say the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate was a prime example of that failure. Photo credit: C-Span.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmental groups in Maine and across the nation are giving Congress a failing grade on the environment. Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says that failing grade especially is true for the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate under Majority Lea ...Read More

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