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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 

    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

Public News Service - New Mexico

Dozens of protesters rallied outside PNM headquarters in Albuquerque and at a shareholders' meeting near Dallas on Tuesday to oppose the company's proposed rate hikes. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Protesters gathered at the Albuquerque headquarters of the energy company PNM on Tuesday to protest a plan to raise electric rates. At the same time, more protesters gathered outside a PNM shareholders' meeting in suburban Dallas, demanding that the company move toward using rene...Read More

Public News Service - NM

EPA rules finalized this week will require new oil and gas rigs to capture and sell methane rather than release it into the atmosphere. (Brasil2/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The environmental community in New Mexico and across the country on Thursday hailed the Environmental Protection Agency's move to finalize new standards for methane emission from new oil and gas wells. The agency says the regulations will significantly lower greenhouse gases in the ...Read More

Public News Service - NM

Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in New Mexico and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry conditions. (EdStock/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Conservationists recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, causing more than 100,000 people to be evacuated. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to New Mexico and the...Read More

Public News Service - NM

These windmills near Hatch are part of New Mexico's growing wind-energy industry, which recently surpassed 1,000 megawatts of generating capacity. (MarilynHaddrill/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico's wind-energy industry has reached a major milestone, and analysts say the state is well-positioned to expand its renewable power capacity. Industry experts say the state has excellent wind resources, and investors already have put almost $2 billion into developing wind e...Read More

Public News Service - NM

Two pups born to Mexican gray wolves at the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri were recently introduced into a wild den in New Mexico. (Endangered Wolf Center)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists have released a pair of Mexican gray wolf pups born in a wildlife preserve into an existing den in New Mexico, but the state isn't happy about it. New Mexico game officials had warned the federal agency to not introduce new wolves into ...Read More

Public News Service - NM

A new report says that for New Mexico, proposed BLM regulations to curb venting and flaring of methane on public lands will benefit both the environment and the state's coffers. (iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite oil and gas industry concerns, the Bureau of Land Management's proposed methane waste rule is expected to have a beneficial effect in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, according to a new study. The Conservation Economics Institute report, released this week, said reducing methan...Read More

Public News Service - NM

Un nuevo reporte afirma que las reglas propuestas por el BLM para Nuevo México con el fin de frenar el escape y la quema de metano en tierras públicas, beneficiarán tanto al medio ambiente como a las arcas del estado. (iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Un informe reciente de la Fundación de la Economía de Conservación indica que la regla propuesta por la Oficina de Administración de Tierras (“Bureau of Land Management”, BLM) para controlar el desperdicio de metano tiene un impacto positivo neto en ...Read More

Public News Service - NM

About 52,000 New Mexico children are growing up with a parent in prison during at least part of their childhood. (zodebala/iStockphoto)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than 5 million children across the nation, including 52,000 in New Mexico, experience separation from a parent due to incarceration. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommends a number of proposals state and local policymakers could adopt to improve the...Read More

Public News Service - NM

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