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    PNS Daily News - April 1, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; Arkansas following on the heels of Indiana with a religious freedom law; Florida’s governor says he deserves the credit for job creation; mountain goats making the case for climate change; and plenty of folks stepping-up for National Walking Day.

Public News Service - Washington

PHOTO: Why just walk on National Walking Day? The Northwest is full of beautiful day-hike spots. This area is Dancing Rock, on the Washington side of Columbia Gorge. Photo credit: Debbie Asakawa, Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Today is National Walking Day, when the American Heart Association reminds people there are countless ways to improve their health by putting one foot in front of the other. Not exciting enough? You can make walking more of an adventure by choosing a scenic trail and inviting som...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Prioritizing clean energy is one reason cited for Washington's strong growth in utility industry jobs in a new report that ranks the state third in the U.S. for a brisk online market for jobs for college graduates. Photo credit: AcrylicArtist/Morguefile.

SEATTLE - Washington is one of the top three states in the country for its booming online job market for college graduates. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce says only Delaware and Massachusetts have more online job openings per graduate. It's a sign...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Four oil-train derailments and explosions in a single month (Feb.) prompted Washington's U.S. Senators to introduce legislation outlining major oil-shipment safety improvements. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On Wednesday, Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced a bill in Congress to improve safety of oil shipments by rail. It would require thicker tank car walls and safety features, and set limits on how volatile crude oil can be for rail transport. It also would...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: The Washington Legislature is considering ways to help regional utilities end their use of power from the Colstrip Generating Station in Montana. Environmental groups want a timeline for the transition and protections for ratepayers. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson; used with his permission.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Environmental advocates from across the state made their way to Olympia on Wednesday to underscore what they say is the need to make more definite plans for Washington utilities to stop using coal power generated out-of-state. A bill that passed in the Washington Senate (SB 5...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Emissions traced to transporting coal and other resources extracted from public lands have been tallied up in a new report that calls for the federal government to track those emissions, and find ways to reduce them.  Photo credit: Tony Alter/Flickr

SEATTLE - A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the United States can be traced to public lands. The report from The Wilderness Society and Center for American Progress includes ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Community Health Centers treat all people, no matter their ability to pay. In Washington, that means more than 830,000 patients a year at over 250 sites. CHCs are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Photo credit: Pencap/

SEATTLE - More Washingtonians have access to healthcare today because of a poverty-fighting experiment that began 50 years ago. Community Health Centers are the local clinics in many neighborhoods that turn no one away for lack of money or medical insurance. Today, Washington has more than 250 clin...Read More

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PHOTO: It's been 20 years since the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted to manage national forestland in Washington, Oregon and northern California. Now, the U.S. Forest Service wants public comments on what the future of the plan should be. Photo credit: Binkski/

SEATTLE - The U.S. Forest Service holds public meetings this week in Seattle and Portland, asking for comments on how to update the Northwest Forest Plan. The plan has been the overarching management strategy to balance conservation and timber harvest on national forestland in the Northwest for 20...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: As many schools have reduced the time spent on recess and physical education, after-school programs have stepped up their physical activity offerings for kids. Photo credit: dravenh/
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SEATTLE - Some parents worry about what their kids are doing when they're unsupervised in the hours after school - but what they're not doing may also be of concern. According to a new report, for exercise and healthy food, an after-school program is a much better choice than leaving kids to fend f...Read More

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