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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 

    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - California

PHOTO: A California animal-rights group aims to raise awareness of cruelty involved in the dog meat trade in the United States and abroad. Photo courtesy: Say No To Dog Meat.

While the thought of eating the family dog or cat may sound repulsive to most Americans, in some cultures it is considered quite normal. One California group is trying to change that perception. Fia Perera, who co-founded the Los Angeles-based U.S. branch of the animal advocacy group No To Dog Meat...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a more accurate picture of how societal safety net programs are helping families. Photo credit: U.S. Agency for International Development.

OAKLAND, Calif. - One in four California children is living in poverty, but according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, those numbers would be much higher without federal safety net programs and tax subsidies. The report, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, uses ...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: Faculty and students will protest on college campuses today for National Adjunct Walkout Day. A San Jose State University professor created the event as a way to bring attention to the growing number of part-time college-level instructors. Photo courtesy of San Jose State University.
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Part-time college instructors across the state are uniting for better pay and greater job security. The rallies held on this first National Adjunct Walkout Day are designed to bring attention to the growing number of temporary, part-time instructors, often called adjuncts. Larissa Dorman, an adjunc...Read More

Public News Service - CA

Los instructores de tiempo parcial están uniéndose este miércoles en todo el estado para conseguir una mejor paga y mayor seguridad laboral. Las manifestaciones de este primer National Adjunct Walkout Day (Día Nacional de Marcha de los Adjuntos) buscan llamar la atención hac...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: Ground-level ozone, or smog, hoovers over Ontario, California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter limits on smog. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians are weighing in on how much smog is too much. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, at a meeting today in Sacramento. The agency's proposal could strengthen the limit to only 60 parts per billion from the cu...Read More

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PHOTO: An environmental coalition filed a lawsuit Thursday over the permitting process that allowed for expansion of a crude oil operation in Kern County. The groups claim this could lead to a 1,000-percent increase in the amount of crude brought by rail into California each year. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation.

Environmental groups are suing over the expansion of one of the state's largest crude-oil operations. The lawsuit contends that the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District illegally approved permits without environmental review of the risks of importing millions of gallons of toxic and potential...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state wants to educate the public about the negative health effects of electronic cigarettes. Public health officials point to recent reports that found the number of calls to poison-control centers about e-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year. A report from th...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: A handful of organizations are taking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations. Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being taken to court over the pollution from so called factory farms in a case that could impact livestock producers and rural residents across California. The petitions filed in federal court say the EPA has failed for years ...Read More

Public News Service - CA

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