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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

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PHOTO: Sardine fishing on the West Coast is officially ending, over concerns that overfishing the species is affecting the food supply for predators such as sea lions. Photo credit: Geoff Shester, Oceana.

Commercial fishing for sardines on the West Coast now is illegal - effective immediately. At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to end the sardine fishing season now instead of on June 30. It said overfishing has contributed to a 90 percent dec ...Read More

PHOTO: For months, Oregon labor groups have joined others in marches and rallies against the Trans Pacific Partnership. They say the 12-nation trade agreement will cost U.S.-based jobs. Photo courtesy Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon workers will rally Saturday in six cities to keep their congressional delegation well aware of opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., brokered a deal with Senate Republicans that is expected to slow but most likely not kill th ...Read More

PHOTO: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in a challenge to President Obama's executive actions that can help some undocumented immigrants in Nevada and elsewhere remain in the U.S. temporarily. Photo courtesy of

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The ACLU of Nevada is among about 150 organizations asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an injunction which temporarily halted President Obama's immigration programs. The court is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in the multi-state legal challenge over the ...Read More

PHOTO: They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

OLYMPIA, Wash. - This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by stat ...Read More

PHOTO: The waiting list for Wyoming Home Services soon will be cleared, thanks to a funding boost approved by the Wyoming Legislature. Photo credit: Robert1234/

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The wait soon will be over for Wyomingites who have requested assistance from a program that helps people age at home, instead of going to a nursing home. The Wyoming Legislature approved a $200,000 increase in funding for the Wyoming Home Services Program. That money will help aro ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups and beekeepers are in court this month in California, challenging state and federal regulators' approvals of pesticides the groups say are harmful to bees. Photo courtesy of Pesticide Action Network.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Save the bees! That's the battle cry in two ongoing court cases in California where beekeepers and environmental groups are fighting regulators over the use of pesticides they contend harm bees and crops. On Tuesday, on behalf of the groups, the law firm Earthjustice asked a f ...Read More

PHOTO: Today marks 100 days for the U.S. Senate this year. A new tally of votes from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups tracked decisions on natural resources, the environment and climate change, showing distinct divides along party lines. Photo credit: hans/

MISSOULA, Mont. - Today is a benchmark for the U.S. Senate. It's the 100th day of the session and a new report from the Sierra Club tracks votes on clean energy, climate change and natural resources. Montana's freshman Senator Steve Daines' record is taken to task, specifically for opposing legis ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada parents with children who would benefit from tutoring might be able to find it, free of charge, at their local public library. Photo courtesy of Austin Public Library.

LAS VEGAS - Classroom overcrowding may prompt some students in Nevada to seek a little extra help to keep up with their studies. Hiring a tutor can be expensive, but the local library may have a no-cost solution. Valerie Marchalonis, head of the Children's Services Department at Sahara West Library ...Read More

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