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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Public News Service - Western

Montana's Tongue River is just one that could be affected by last-minute riders to the omnibus budget bill in Congress. Credit: Alexis Bonogofsky

BILLINGS, Mont. - Conservation groups are speaking out in favor of a "clean" budget bill - meaning one without riders that would weaken environmental protections. Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass the omnibus spending bill or face a government shutdown. Some lawmakers want to include controversial ...Read More

California is failing to provide shelter for two-thirds of its homeless population. Credit: Compass Family Services

SAN FRANCISCO – California needs to do a much better job of caring for the homeless – because almost two-thirds are sleeping outside with no shelter, according to a new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The annual report takes a snapshot in time ̵ ...Read More

Fisheries biologists are just some of the positions to be filled by the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington. Courtesy: USFS Pacific Northwest Region

PORTLAND, Ore. - You'll have to get organized in the next few days if you want to be considered for a job working in one of the 16 national forests in the Northwest next spring or summer. The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers, but the time to apply is short - only one w ...Read More

Owners of small shops and restaurants are hoping folks will rush past the big box-store discounts to buy local on Small Business Saturday. Credit: jzlomek/

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Small shops and restaurants around the state are looking for a good crowd for "Small Business Saturday," a day when people are urged to spend their money at local merchants instead of national chains. In Walla Walla, it's the first holiday season of self-employment for Karie Br ...Read More

Environmental organizations are criticizing a move by San Diego Gas and Electric to lobby against community energy providers. Credit: Laura Musikanski/Morguefile.

SAN DIEGO – Environmental organizations are mobilizing to fight one of the state's three biggest power companies over an issue known as "community choice aggregation," a movement by cities to create nonprofit agencies to buy and sell power to consumers. San Diego Gas and Electric just announc ...Read More

A campaign to tax cigarettes more in order to lower college tuition costs in Idaho launches today. Credit:

BOISE, Idaho - A group calling itself Stop Tuition launches a petition drive today to put a measure on the ballot that would raise Idaho cigarette taxes $1.25 a pack, and use the money to send more kids to college. Supporters of the initiative note that tuition rates have soared in recen ...Read More

Portland International Airport janitor Julie Hayden spoke at a national rally this week in support of a $15 minimum wage and the right to join a union. Courtesy: SEIU

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's busiest airport isn't among the seven where service workers went on strike on Thursday, but janitors, baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants and others at Portland International Airport say they have all the same complaints. Julie Hayden, who works as a janitor at PDX, ca ...Read More

Grizzly bear. Credit: Kim Keating/U.S. Geological Survey

CASPER, Wyo. - The grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone region now have the dubious distinction of being one of the top 10 most isolated species in America. A new report called "No Room to Roam: 10 American Species in Need of Connectivity" was released Wednesday by the nonprofit Endangered Spec ...Read More

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