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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

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Eleven companies, including three operating in Colorado, were responsible for 49 percent of U.S. methane emissions in 2014. (Curraheeshutter/iStockphoto)

DENVER -- A new report from the Center for American Progress has identified the top 11 companies responsible for nearly half of all methane pollution in the United States. Methane is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Sara Loflin, executive director of the ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions policies at the University of Texas-Austin. (University of Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas can consider race as part of its admissions criteria in order to diversify its student body was a bitter defeat for Texas conservatives, who maintain the policy discriminates against white applicants ...Read More

Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations contribute to climate change. (MajaPhoto/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas - Five regions of Texas, including the massive Permian Basin and the Gulf Coast Basin, are among the areas of the country experiencing the most methane pollution leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. According to the Center for American Progress, 11 companies ...Read More

Raising SNAP or food-stamp benefits would lead to healthier diets for low-income families, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Giving low-income families a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities such as housing and transportation, according to new research. Increasing SNAP or food-stamp benefits by $30 per person per month also would help families ...Read More

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Interior will hold a public meeting in Grand Junction on Thursday to discuss its federal coal program. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Officials from the U.S. Interior Department will be in Grand Junction on Thursday as part of a national tour to get input on how coal should be managed on federal lands. The American public owns coal across the West, said Pam Eaton, The Wilderness Society's senior director for energy ...Read More

For people suffering from mental health issues, stigma is a major barrier to seeking help. (Pixabay)

DENVER - For people struggling with mental health issues, stigma is a major barrier to seeking help, according to a new Iowa State University report. The research measured how 370 college students responded when given the opportunity to learn more online about mental health services. Daniel Lann ...Read More

The ACLU of Texas maintains the Texas Department of State Health Services is deliberately withholding reports containing 2014 abortion statistics. (iStockphoto)

HOUSTON – The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas maintains that state health officials are deliberately withholding abortion statistics from 2014, the first year new, restrictive regulations were in effect. The ACLU says for the past two decades, the Department of State Health Services ...Read More

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