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    PNS Weekend Update - October 10, 20150 

    Our news highlights a variety of topics including: a legal push to get the EPA to finally regulate oil and gas waste and NASA maps out its “Journey to Mars.”

Public News Service - Washington

A new alliance says communities and the economy must be protected in fighting climate change. Credit: Hotblack/Morguefile

SEATTLE - A diverse coalition wants voters to have a say about the best way to fight climate change in the state of Washington. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on Tuesday announced a 2016 ballot initiative that it says could hasten the transition to a clean-energy economy. OneAmerica is in ...Read More

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Frank Abagnale, the new AARP Fraud Watch Network ambassador, travels the country to advise people about how to protect themselves from identity theft. Credit: Abagnale and Associates.

SEATTLE – Major security breaches are all too common in the retail and corporate world, but individuals can still do their part to minimize the damage to their own lives and bank accounts. That's the message from Frank Abagnale, the new AARP Fraud Watch Network ambassador. He says people are ...Read More

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Local residents look on as Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife biologists outfit a sedated cougar with a GPS collar for their long-term research. Credit: Bill Hebner

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is being asked to intervene in a dispute between the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and eight groups advocating for Washington's cougar population. The commission decided this spring to increase the percentage of cougars that can be hunted in some areas. The gr...Read More

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Members of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Association show off their handiwork, built to go over the Dungeness River in Olympic National Forest. Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service

SEATTLE – More than two dozen projects on national forests in Washington need volunteers this Saturday for National Public Lands Day. Much of the work to be done is trail maintenance and cleanup, but there's also some painting and sprucing up of park structures in a few areas. Public lands...Read More

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More than half of rural America still doesn't have broadband Internet access. The FCC has put up money for providers to ramp up their expansion plans, including in rural Washington. Credit: Chris Thomas

SEATTLE - About 23,000 homes and businesses in Washington are on the list to receive a broadband Internet connection, some for the first time. The Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund started three years ago, for broadband service expansions that could take up to six years to co...Read More

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Attendees at the Closing the Hunger Gap conference heard about a Canadian food bank that transformed itself into a thriving community center with input from its clients. Credit: The Stop, Toronto, Canada.

SEATTLE – Operators of food banks and soup kitchens across North America – including some from Washington – met this week at the Closing the Hunger Gap conference in Portland to brainstorm ways to make the emergency food system more effective. The conference ended Wednesday, with ...Read More

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Yakima area after-school programs give kids a chance to be part of community volunteer projects, such as working with wildlife. Here, they're banding ducks. Credit: NW Community Action Center

YAKIMA, Wash. - Part of a new school year is working parents' annual hunt for safe places for kids to go after school hours. Five organizations in Washington learned this month there's more money in their budget for after-school programs, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Initiative. ...Read More

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Los programas post-escolares de Yakima dan a los alumnos oportunidad de participar en proyectos comunitarios de voluntarios, como trabajar con la vida silvestre. En la foto, jóvenes anillando patos. Foto: NW Community Action Center.

YAKIMA, Wash. – Para los padres puede resultar difícil saber cómo mantener a sus hijos a salvo y ocupados después del horario escolar; y para los programas Fuera del Horario Escolar (after-school), es también difícil encontrar cómo mantener abiertas sus puertas a&...Read More

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