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    PNS Daily News - July 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a Colorado lawmaker is under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts ending their ban on gay scout leaders; and we report on Republican efforts in Congress to block Planned Parenthood funding: and it was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Public News Service - Environment

PHOTO: Lions should be hunted no more, says the Animal Rights Coalition. The Twin Cities-based ARC wants an end to big-game hunts after the killing of a lion in Africa by a Minnesota big-game hunter. Photo credit: Matt MacGillivray/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Protests are planned today at the office of a Minnesota dentist who has come under fire for hunting down a lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie reportedly spent $50,000 for the big-game hunt, where he killed a lion July 1 after it allegedly had been lured out o ...Read More

PHOTO: A satellite image captures the spiral bands of Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston in 2008. Hurricane season is here, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents to be prepared. Historically, the most active months for storms are August and September. Photo courtesy of 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: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is just two months from expiring, but a bipartisan deal in Congress could save it. In New Mexico, the program has helped create outdoor resources from city parks to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future appears positive for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal government program that in New Mexico has helped to create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A bipartisan deal recently reached in the Senate would extend ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say the big cat on the loose in Milwaukee is probably an African lion cub, which may have been someone's pet. The Humane Society of the U.S. says the situation points to Wisconsin's lack of laws regarding private ownership of wild animals. Photo credit: Kevin Pluck/Flickr.

WAUWAUTOSA, Wis. – As the search for the Milwaukee Lion – or whatever it is that's roaming neighborhoods on the north side of Milwaukee – moves into its second week, the incident is illustrating Wisconsin's lack of any laws regarding private ownership of wild animals. Melissa Tedr ...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

PHOTO: The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and the EPA estimates Colorado can cut carbon pollution by 35 percent by 2030. Two new reports project lower electric bills for consumers, and cleaner air, if the state invests in renewable energy and increases efficiencies.

DENVER - According to two new reports, Colorado has the potential to reduce carbon pollution and help residents save money if state leaders make smart choices in implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The reports come from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from S ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency is due to finalize the Clean Power Plan this summer, and two new reports find lower electricity rates for consumers, and reduced emissions could be the result. Photo credit: MRBECK/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and two new reports refute opponents' claims that the plan will increase electric bills for Ohioans. Synapse Energy Economics developed a scenario that includes investments in renewables and energy efficiency, and found ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups applaud a new congressional deal to continue funding sites such as Everglades National Park.  Photo credit: David Parsons/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Environmental advocates are applauding a bipartisan deal announced last Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It's a 50-year-old program that diverts a small part of the money from oil and gas development and invests ...Read More

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