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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

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PHOTO: The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the environmental voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

NEW YORK - The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Most of New York's congressional delegation earned marks of 80 percent or be ...Read More

PHOTO: The first Monday in March kicks off with winter weather advisories for much of the state, and many Connecticut homeless shelters are already over capacity. Credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - March arrived with winter advisories for much of the state. Still the month promises to bring warmer temperatures, and few are more relieved than the volunteers and workers at shelters, nonprofits and government agencies who have been in overdrive helping the homeless. State off ...Read More

PHOTO: As New Hampshire lawmakers get back to work, one bill pending (HB650) would require background checks for all commercial advertised gun sales. Credit: Wiki Commons

CONCORD, N.H. – Lawmakers get back to work today in Concord, and among the bills pending is one that would require criminal background checks for all commercially advertised firearm sales. Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Merrimack) says Granite Staters already go through background checks at gun st ...Read More

PHOTO: One of New York's top environmental watchdog groups has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for the next year, and has some recommendations. Photo credit: Azi Paybarah/Flickr

NEW YORK – New York's top environmental watchdog group has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for next year, and it is less than pleased. Environmental Advocates of New York is the only group that issues a budget review while looking through a green lens, and the grou ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of jobs in the solar industry is growing at blazing pace, according to an annual census of solar employment. Photo courtesy of the World Resource Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Job growth in the solar industry is blazing nationally, although cooling a bit in Pennsylvania. An annual census by The Solar Foundation found the number of jobs in the industry up by nearly a quarter over the year before and up nearly 90 percent since 2010. Andrea Luecke, presid ...Read More

PHOTO: Tree plantings are among the 83 projects being funded with a new round of grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - From planting trees and grasses to "green up" neighborhoods, to restoration of storm-water systems, $1.6 million in grants for more than 80 projects have just been announced by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The group's executive director, Dr. Jana Davis, says they offer a wide range ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: Suzanne Hanlon/Flickr

NEW YORK - Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The group used a new tool for calculating poverty rates, instead of the official measure, and found federal assistance has made a big difference ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Cuomo announced this week New York would raise minimum wage by $2.50 for waiters, bartenders and others who work for tips. Groups which lobbied for the change welcome the news, but say their goal is much larger. Photo credit: Michael Fleshman.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week New York would raise the minimum wage by $2.50 an hour for waiters, bartenders and others who work for tips. According to a coalition of organizations that lobbied for the increase, it's just one step in a longer fight. Maria Myotte with Restaurant O ...Read More

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