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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

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The Chinook salmon run won't dry out this summer, thanks to a court ruling this week. Credit: bpperry/iStock

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Salmon are safe for now - because a federal judge ruled this week against two Central Valley Water Districts that wanted to stop reservoir water from being released into local rivers. The San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District have been suing th ...Read More

An SEIU Local 503 bargaining team has negotiated a pay raise with the state for home-care workers, who will earn up to $15 an hour by 2017. Credit: SEIU Local 503.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A pay raise is on the way for more than 20,000 home-care workers in Oregon. A new contract has been settled with the state by SEIU Local 503 that outlines a pathway of up to $15 an hour by 2017. Home-care workers currently have a base wage of $13.75 an hour. "Some people say, oh, ...Read More

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge ...Read More

This gray wolf is part of the first known pack in California in almost 90 years. Credit: California Department of Fish and Game.

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. - The wolf pack is back - literally! A pack of gray wolves has been discovered in California for the first time since they were hunted almost to extinction about 90 years ago. Trail cameras recently caught sight of what's known as the Shasta pack in Siskiyou County near Mount ...Read More

Amidst this summer's devastating wildfires in Washington, a team of attorneys is offering legal assistance free of charge. Credit: U.S. Interior Department

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - As hundreds of acres continue to burn in Washington, a team of attorneys across the state is helping wildfire victims with their questions about insurance claims, repair contractors, finding public assistance and more. It's a busy summer for members of the Washington State Assoc ...Read More

Threats are swirling over accepting nuclear waste for research at the Idaho National Laboratory. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

BOISE, Idaho – A nuclear waste showdown between Idaho and the Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a new level. The DOE has informed the state that if it does not accept a small amount of spent fuel from two commercial plants soon, it will be sent somewhere for research – and that res ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada's economy is back in the black and breaking records following the Great Recession.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Statistics from the state show Nevada's economy is back in the black and breaking records following the Great Recession, which hit the Silver State harder than most places. Bill Anderson, chief economist with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Operation Ceasefire combines the efforts of police, prosecutors, public health and social services to target gang violence hotspots Photo credit: Rich Legg/iStock.

The community of San Bernardino came together Thursday night for a vigil to honor 4-year-old Daniel Munoz, who was shot to death in his aunt's front yard in late July, the victim of random violence. The San Bernardino Police Department is looking to make a difference by establishing a program calle ...Read More

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