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    PNS Daily News - May 29, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown; former House Speaker Hastert charged with lying to the FBI about alleged hush money; a veto promised in North Carolina versus a marriage objections bill; thousands of New Yorkers get an Obamacare fix on artificial limbs; and Wyoming “ground zero” for federal sagebrush.

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PHOTO: Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the BLM and U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Sagebrush landscapes are home to greater sage-grouse and 350 other species, as well as prime ran ...Read More

PHOTO: According to a prominent climatologist, there is a hopeful side to climate change  a coming shift in how people make and use energy. Picture by Evan Hansen.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - In a sense, climate change is an opportunity for all of us, according to a prominent climatologist and public science educator. Geosciences professor Richard Alley of Penn State University, who hosted the PBS miniseries "Earth: The Operators' Manual," said climate change is a ser ...Read More

PHOTO: The greater sage-grouse has ruffled feathers in recent years as populations have declined. New management proposals for federal sagebrush landscapes aim to keep the birds healthy, while preserving traditional land uses. Photo credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service on Thursday unveiled a set of plans to manage sagebrush landscapes in Utah and across the West. Each plan is tailored to a region with three objectives: reduce wildfire threats, reduce disturbances of key greater sage-grouse hab ...Read More

PHOTO: The sensitive waters surrounding Mackinac Island are the subject of a new report, which examines the safety of the oil pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge Energy that run under the straits. Photo credit: M. Shand

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. - It's a state and national treasure, but a ...Read More

PHOTO: The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at more than six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. Photo credit: "Pipes for Keystone Pipeline in 2009" by shannonpatrick17 from Swanton, Neb., Wikimedia Commons.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at more than six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The Trans-Canada pipeline project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews. Backers of the ...Read More

PHOTO: A requested natural gas rate hike by Montana-Dakota Utilities is running into resistance, with AARP North Dakota intervening in the case, calling the proposal to increase the set monthly charge regardless of usage unfair to those on fixed incomes. Photo credit: Dave Shaver/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With many North Dakotans facing yet another hike in the cost of natural gas, one of the state's leading consumer groups is stepping up in opposition to the proposed increase. Montana-Dakota Utilities had a fixed monthly charge of $9 a month in 2013. That rose to $15 a month this ye ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Forest Service received more than 100,000 initial comments urging the agency to reject a proposal to allow Arch Coal to build roads through roadless sections of Gunnison National Forest. Photo credit: John Fowler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - National and local conservation groups are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to abandon an effort to revive a loophole that would allow the Arch Coal company to expand its underground West Elk coal mine in Colorado. Taylor McKinnon, a campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. Photo credit: "Pipes for Keystone Pipeline in 2009" by shannonpatrick17 from Swanton, Neb., Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The TransCanada pipeline-project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews. Backers of the project say Mo ...Read More

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