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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: President Obama mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; California is having a monumental moment; for college students it’s time to think about financial aid.

Public News Service - Midwest

Students across Iowa are more likely to participate in a local Safe Routes to School program if their parents are convinced the route really is as safe as possible. (healthieriowa.com)

DECORAH, Iowa - "Safe Routes to School," a movement to get kids to walk or bike to and from school, has been active in Iowa for the past decade. This week, the same cause got a little bit of help from a state Senate panel. The subcommittee approved a bill to make the rules for passing bicycles on I ...Read More

Robins are among the birds that will be observed in Michigan during the Great Backyard Bird Count. (Lip Kee/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - If you have 15 minutes free over the next few days, you could help contribute to one of the biggest annual citizen-science projects. Volunteers are needed in Michigan for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from today through Monday. Rachelle Roake, conservation science coord ...Read More

Ohio's state bird, the cardinal, is the most commonly spotted bird in the Great Backyard Bird Count. (Lip Kee/Flickr)

CLEVELAND - If you have 15 minutes free over the next few days, you could help contribute to one of the biggest annual citizen-science projects. Volunteers still are needed in Ohio for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from today through Monday. Marnie Urso, senior program manager at the Na ...Read More

Indiana's official language would become more gender neutral under a bill that's been approved by the House.

INDIANAPOLIS – Women elected to statewide office in Indiana get referred to as "he" in the laws that spell out their duties. Some female lawmakers are now seeking to change that. When State Auditor Suzanne Crouch took office in 2013 she noticed her job description read "he" or "his." She s ...Read More

A unique multi-state conference will be held in early March to help communities establish closer farm-to-school relations. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers, ranchers, school administrators, educators, students and community leaders from the Midwest will gather in Nebraska City, Neb., on March 2 for the Midwest Farm to School Conference. Sarah Smith, farm to school lead worker with the Center for Rural Affairs, says ma ...Read More

USDA will offer lead testing to WIC recipients in Flint. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dropped into Flint, Mich., on Wednesday to offer support for residents reeling from the water crisis. Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Dr. Katie Wilson announced residents in Flint who partic ...Read More

Religious leaders are once again asking for caps on payday loans in Minnesota. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS – The push to rein in payday lending continues in Minnesota. A reform group – Minnesotans for Fair Lending – hosts what it calls a free educational event today in Minneapolis to help people avoid falling into the debt trap. Brian Rusche, executive director of the Jo ...Read More

EPA data suggests that measures to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan will provide nearly $54 billion in climate and health benefits. (erdenebayar/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The saga over the merits of the Clean Power Plan continues, with the U.S. Supreme Court staying implementation of the standards pending legal challenges. But supporters are confident the standards will ultimately be upheld. Ohio is among 27 states suing the Environmental P ...Read More

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