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    PNS Daily News - May 28, 20150 

    Our coast to coast news highlights several stories including: controversial new federal water rules hailed around the country; conservation groups sue to stop deep-sea mining; and a court order sought to free birth certificates of U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

Public News Service - Midwest

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: A final rule to clarify which water bodies fall under regulations of the Clean Water Act has been released by the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Midwest/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - There are again protections for some vulnerable waters and wetlands in Minnesota and across the country, with the release of a final rule to clarify what is covered by the Clean Water Act. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines which streams, tributaries ...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: UW-Madison political science professor Barry Burden says the Feingold-Johnson race for U.S. Senate will be carefully watched all across the nation. Photo credit: UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. - Former Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold wants his seat in Washington back, and he's announced he'll challenge the man who unseated him five years ago, Republican Ron Johnson. The election isn't until November of 2016, but UW-Madison political science professor Barry Burden says ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would remove what some call discriminatory restrictions on abortion funding. Photo credit: Cult Gigolo/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is taking steps to repeal decades-old provisions in state law that deny abortion coverage for women on Medicaid and those covered by state employee health insurance. According to opponents of House Bill 4013, public money should not be used to support or promote electiv ...Read More

PHOTO: More than two-thirds of the state's children are either growing up with a single mother who works or have both parents in the workforce, and activists say the state's policies need to reflect that reality. Photo credit: hotblack/

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. - Living paycheck to paycheck is the reality for many Michigan families, which is why experts and activists are gathering today to look at how to help more Michiganders get ahead instead of just getting by. A new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund found ...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: As National Foster Month is observed, Michigan legislators are discussing legislation that could make it more difficult for some people to foster or adopt. Photo credit: skysthelimit/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – May is National Foster Care Month, and about 3,000 Michigan children are looking for a permanent home. But a controversial package of bills (HB 4188, HB4189, HB 4190) could make it more difficult to connect these children with a family. The measures would allow state-funde ...Read More

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