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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Southwest

PHOTO: A bipartisan survey from the Center for Western Priorities shows three quarters of New Mexicans, and a majority of Americans throughout much of the West, oppose states taking control of federally-managed public lands. Comments from Ivan Valdez, owner, The Reel Life (fly fishing store and guide service) in Santa Fe. Image available: photo of man fly fishing in the Rio Grande River. Photo courtesy of the Reel Life.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The battle over control of federally managed public lands in New Mexico doesn't seem to have an end in sight. During this year's legislative session, two bills which sought to create a study commission to consider state control of federal lands were defeated. Ivan Valdez, who owns ...Read More

PHOTO: In Arizona and other Western states, there are ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to try to gain control of federally managed public lands, despite strong public opposition. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management.

PHOENIX – The battle over control of federally managed public lands in Arizona doesn't seem to have an end in sight. Following this year's legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed two bills (HB 2176, HB 2318), which sought state control of federal lands. Ducey did sign House Bill 2658 into ...Read More

PHOTO: Two laws on child sex trafficking have cleared the state Legislature, but millions of young people remain at risk in an industry that generates $9.8 billion annually. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the average age of victims recruited into prostitution is 12 years old. Photo credit: James Revgot/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - A law that would update how Colorado handles child sex trafficking passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but victims won't see any changes until 2016, if at all. House Bill 1019 would have brought Colorado in line with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal law ...Read More

PHOTO: The quality and companionship that pets can add to the lives of Arizona seniors is the focus of an event this week in the Phoenix area. Photo courtesy of AARP Arizona.

PEORIA, Ariz. - The bonus benefits that man's best friend can add to the life of an older person are being celebrated at an event coming up Thursday and Friday in the Phoenix area. AARP Arizona and the Arizona Humane Society have teamed up to host the Paws for Your Pets Festival. Cynthia Fagyas, co ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing ozone pollution standards. Industry groups are pushing back, claiming new regulations would damage the economy. Denver received a D grade on the American Lung Association's State of the Air report card for 2014. Photo credit: Stilfehler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Warmer weather is on the way, the time of year when ozone -- the lung-damaging gas in smog -- becomes a bigger problem for the 26 million Americans living with asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency said current ozone standards don't go far enough to protect public health and has propo ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Senate holds a hearing today (Wed.) to consider the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It is credited with helping to preserve precious public lands around the country, including New Mexico's Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Efforts are under way in Congress today that could preserve a program that supporters say helps to add millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to New Mexico's economy. The U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on whether to reauthorize and fully ...Read More

PHOTO: Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It's now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year, and Dallas organizers claim theirs is the largest Earth Day event in the nation. Photo credit: Khalid Mid/Wikimedia Commons.

DALLAS - Earth Day Texas is celebrating its fifth anniversary by expanding into a three-day event this weekend in Dallas. Organizers say the event has grown into the nation's largest Earth Day gathering, bringing more than 200,000 people to historic Fair Park. About 75,000 visitors are expected ove ...Read More

PHOTO: A San Antonio chef has been feeding the area's homeless for over a decade, but police recently gave her ticket with a potential fine of $2,000 for allegedly violating a city ordinance. She plans to contest it, citing freedom of religion. Photo credit: Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Joan Cheever has been serving restaurant-quality food to San Antonio's homeless and poor every Tuesday since 2005, but in early April she was served with a $2,000 citation for allegedly breaking a city ordinance – serving food from a vehicle not licensed as a food truck. ...Read More

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