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    PNS Daily News - April 2, 20150 

    A variety of issues from coast to coast including; Arkansas lawmakers being sent back to the drawing board on their religious freedom bill; California clamps down on water usage, but neighboring states pass on restrictions; and Autism Awareness Month highlights the dangers of wandering.

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PHOTO: Rising temperatures are threatening the habitat of the American mountain goat, such as this one seen on Colorado's Mount Huron, considered by some to be the greatest mountaineer the peaks have ever known. Photo credit: Robert Shepherd/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The American mountain goat has been called the greatest mountaineer the peaks have ever known, but now that high altitudes are warming - at a rate two to three times faster than the rest of the planet - the animals' future is less than certain. Bruce Smith, a wildlife biologist and author, ...Read More

PHOTO: Building an electric grid capable of delivering massive amounts of clean energy to the nation, is the goal of a conference in Albuquerque today. Photo courtesy U.B. Bureau of Land Management.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is among those attending a conference in Albuquerque today that is focused on building a state-of-the-art clean-energy grid. Heinrich, D-N.M., is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Southwest Clean Energy Transmission Summit at the Universit ...Read More

PHOTO: Older Americans in Arizona could have an impact on future policies and programs for seniors by offering comments and feedback at a Tuesday forum in Phoenix, part of the build-up to the White House Conference on Aging to be held in July. Photo courtesy of White House Conference on Aging.

PHOENIX - Retirement security and elder justice are among the topics on the agenda at a regional forum on aging being held Tuesday at the Phoenix Convention Center. The Arizona event is part of the build-up to the White House Conference on Aging this summer. Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has set new rules for oil and gas drilling on public lands near Dinosaur National Monument to minimize environmental impacts to an area that attracts 275,000 visitors annually and pumps over $15 million into the local economy. Photo credit: Ken Walker/Wikimedia Commons.
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DENVER - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has weighed in on how nearly 1.5 million acres of public land in northwest Colorado can be used by the oil and gas industry, including new protections near Dinosaur National Monument. Oil and gas industry advocates claim the plan will limit their access ...Read More

PHOTO: Eating healthy foods and being active is the message for Arizonans and all Americans during National Nutrition Month in March. Photo courtesy of

PHOENIX - Arizonans are encouraged to "bite into a healthy lifestyle" during a national campaign that is encouraging people to make healthier food choices and be more active. "We're not saying go low calorie," said Wesley Delbridge, a registered dietitian and spokesman for the nonprofit Arizona Aca ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide state money to private and religious schools. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education.

AUSTIN, Texas - A state Senate panel heard testimony on Thursday about a series of measures that would give money to parents who want to enroll their children in private and religious schools. Opponents say Texas can't afford to pay for a private-education system if it can't adequately fund public s ...Read More

PHOTO: Abandoning horses and some other animals would no longer be a crime in Arizona if Gov. Doug Ducey signs a bill that has passed the House and Senate. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

PHOENIX - Animal-rights advocates are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a bill that reduces, and in some cases eliminates, criminal penalties for acts of animal-cruelty involving livestock. The action follows approval of House Bill 2150 in the House and Senate. Martha German, is president of Ariz ...Read More

PHOTO: Spring has sprung, which means greater sage-grouse males are strutting their stuff, and females are checking out the goods. Fans are gathering near Craig, Colo., to support protections for sage-grouse habitat. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

DENVER – Spring is in the air, and fans of the greater sage-grouse are hosting a tour this weekend near Craig, Colo., hoping to catch the bird's famous mating dance. It's part of an effort to draw attention to the protection of sage-grouse habitat. The oil and gas industry is pushing back aga ...Read More

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