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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

Public News Service - Colorado

PHOTO: Spring has sprung, which means greater sage-grouse males are strutting their stuff, and females are checking out the goods. Fans are gathering near Craig, Colo., to support protections for sage-grouse habitat. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

DENVER – Spring is in the air, and fans of the greater sage-grouse are hosting a tour this weekend near Craig, Colo., hoping to catch the bird's famous mating dance. It's part of an effort to draw attention to the protection of sage-grouse habitat. The oil and gas industry is pushing back aga...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: More than 200 people gathered in Denver on Monday to support legislative action on two bills to raise the minimum wage. Photo credit: Eric Galatas.

DENVER - More than 200 people gathered at the state Capitol on Monday in support of two bills heard by lawmakers to raise the minimum wage. One bill would let local governments raise wages on their own. The other would put a measure on the ballot to pay workers at least $12.50 an hour by the year 2...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: A new report finds that more than one-fifth of all U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions come from fossil fuels extracted on taxpayer-owned federal lands and waters. Photo credit: Stephen Codrington/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - A new report has uncovered a blind spot in the nation's climate-change strategy. More than one-fifth of all U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions are connected to fossil fuels extracted from taxpayer-owned federal lands and waters. The report maintains that the U.S. Department of the Interior, whi...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Students attended an assistive technologies workshop at the Denver Public Library recently where they learned how smart tablets apps can help people with learning disabilities. Photo credit: Beau Giles/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - If your child learns differently and is struggling in school, there may be an app for that. Students with learning disabilities attended a workshop at the Denver Public Library recently where they discovered how tools like audio books can help people with dyslexia. Sally Pistilli, parent ...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: The Center for Western Priorities says retirees are three times more likely to relocate to counties with protected public lands like National Parks and other conservation areas. Photo courtesy of Center for Western Priorities.

DENVER - Retirees are three times more likely to relocate to counties in Colorado and other Western states with protected public lands like National Parks, Wilderness and other conservation areas, according to a new report from the Center for Western Priorities. Seniors who have the financial means...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Being over age 60 can be a lot of fun, or not, depending on health and financial factors. The Legislature is considering a bill to create a Colorado Strategic Planning Group on Aging to tally the state's resources for older residents and make recommendations. Photo credit: British Columbia Newsroom/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - If you plan on spending your "golden years" in Colorado, you won't be alone. The state has one of the fastest-growing aging populations in the U.S. A bill to create a strategic plan to address this demographic shift is getting bipartisan support in the Legislature. Ben Moultrie, committee...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: At a national wildlife conference this week in Nebraska, states such as Colorado can tout their progress in restoring sage-grouse habitat on private and public land. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

DENVER - One hundred years of conservation are being celebrated this week at a major wildlife conference in Nebraska, and Colorado successes are among the topics. Preserving sage-grouse habitat, both on working ranch lands and public land, means the bird might not require protection under the Endan...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Campaign money played a bigger role in 2014 than in any mid-term in history. But that's not stopping civic and community groups from trying to keep elections clean.  Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr.

DENVER - The corrupting influence of money in politics is getting worse, according to recent reports by Clean Slate Now and the Center for Responsive Politics. They show last year's mid-term election was the most expensive in history. Outside spending on Senate elections has more than doubled since...Read More

Public News Service - CO

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