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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 


    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Maryland

PHOTO: The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced funding for 15 new greening projects, with seven of them planned for Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Trust.

BALTIMORE - The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced funding for 15 new greening projects, with seven of them planned for Baltimore. The funds come from the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Initiative in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland's Department of Nat...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, SEIU 32BJ vice president and capital area director, says commercial property cleaners have made progress in wages, but too many work part-time. Workers are rallying this week in Bethesda and Baltimore. Photo courtesy of SEIU 32BJ.

BETHESDA, Md. – Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Justice for Janitors campaign, which was focused on fair wages and treatment for commercial building cleaners. It's a campaign that is still underway as cleaners with SEIU 32BJ start new contract negotiations. Workers will rally durin...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Exemptions for the oil and gas industry under the Clean Water Act would end under legislation introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Photo of the Potomac River courtesy of the National Park Service

BALTIMORE - Exemptions for the oil and gas industry under the Clean Water Act would end under legislation introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. The FRESHER Act would require companies to obtain stormwater runoff permits for construction and drilling. Raul Garcia, Earthjustice associate...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: A new study estimates that energy-efficiency upgrades at Maryland affordable-housing apartments would lower customer electricity bills by about 25 percent a year, and gas bills would be about 20 percent lower.

BALTIMORE - Compact fluorescent bulbs, low-flow faucets, double-pane windows and better insulation could yield big results in existing affordable-housing units - $21 billion in energy savings in eight states over the next 20 years, according to a new study. Maryland was included in the study, with ...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: A new report says too many times kids in the child welfare system end up in group homes or in institutions. In Maryland, about 600 kids go to bed each night without the comfort and care of a family, and instead are in group homes or institutions.

BALTIMORE - Give a kid a family and the odds go up the child will thrive in adulthood, The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report Tuesday that makes that case, and tracks where children end up when they have to be removed from their familial homes. In Maryland, about 600 kids go to bed withou...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: The oil train derailment and explosion in North Dakota this week came just days after a new federal rule to boost rail car safety. Earthjustice predicts, however, it will be years before the trains are safer. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BALTIMORE – The oil train derailment and explosion in North Dakota Wednesday was the 10th such incident in North America in two years, according to the environmental group Sightline Institute. The safety of the type of rail cars used to ship crude oil was examined at the Maryland Legislature...Read More

Public News Service - MD

INFOGRAPHIC: A first-of-its-kind health report about Hispanics in the United States shows their death rates are lower than those of whites in most categories. Graphic courtesy of CDC.

BALTIMORE - A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health report on the country's largest minority group has some good news: Hispanics have a 24 percent lower death rate than whites, and are about half as likely to smoke. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said this first-of-its-kind research i...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Photo credit: Dorret/flickr.com

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli...Read More

Public News Service - MD

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