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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Public News Service - Western

PHOTO: One of the proposed helicopter landing sites for military training, which has drawn criticism from some quarters, is located within two miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Photo credit: Mark Wolf-Armstrong.

METHOW, Wash. - More than two dozen recreation and conservation groups have voiced their concerns about a U.S. Army plan to shift some helicopter training from Colorado to Washington for pilots from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A few of the proposed training spots are in southwest Washington, but othe ...Read More

PHOTO: Cactus pads, or nopales, are part of a state crackdown on pesticide-tainted produce. Photo courtesy of California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.

SAN FRANCISCO - A half dozen small Asian and Hispanic grocers in California will have to pay fines of $10,000 to $20,000 each for selling imported produce tainted with residue from illegal pesticides. Charlotte Fadipe, spokesperson with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, announced ...Read More

PHOTO: The first half of this year was deadlier for motorists on state and federal highways in Nevada when compared with the same period of 2014. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The traffic death rate in Nevada for the first half of the year is up over the same time period of 2014. Meg Ragonese, a public information officer with the Nevada Department of Transportation, reports that 168 people have died in car crashes through late July, compared w ...Read More

PHOTO: Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab ...Read More

PHOTO: Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in the Seattle area to protests, and left Elliott Bay in mid-June. Photo credit: Jeff Dunnicliffe for The Backbone Campaign/Flickr.

SEATTLE – It's back to court on Friday for the Port of Seattle, and conservation groups that contend the port commissioners didn't conduct an environmental assessment before signing a lease to allow repair of oil-drilling rigs at the port. The groups maintain the water pollution risks are ob ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study shows that Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it is known in California, has significantly benefited U.S. children since its inception in 1965. Photo credit:

OAKLAND, Calif. – Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it's known in California, turns 50 years old this week – and a new study shows it has improved the lives of millions since its inception. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families examined data on Americans who utilized Medicaid benefits ...Read More

PHOTO: Ensuring that children in Nevada have enough to eat is the mission of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and other support groups as thousands of children get ready to head back to school. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RENO, Nev. - Proper nutrition for students is a major focus for educators and private support groups as thousands of children in Nevada will soon head back to school. Jocelyn Lantrip, marketing director at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, said her organization's after-school meal program, Kids Caf ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 600,000 Oregonians rely on Medicare for their health coverage, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program helps thousands of them navigate a complex system. Photo credit: AlexRaths/

PORTLAND, Ore. - Medicare has a big birthday this week. The federal health insurance program for older Americans is turning 50. Before the program was created, about half of all seniors in the United States were uninsured. Today, the system has more than 55 million enrollees, including more than 60 ...Read More

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