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    PNS Weekend Update - May 30, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; President Obama pressing for Senate action this weekend as some domestic spying powers are set to expire Sunday night; some perspective on how the EPA’s Clean Water rule impacts the Midwest; and a climatologist talks about a hopeful side of climate change.

Public News Service - Wyoming

PHOTO: Federal plans have been unveiled that aim to preserve federal sagebrush lands, mostly BLM, in order to address declining populations of greater sage-grouse. Photo credit: Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming was center stage Thursday, as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell presented a set of 14 plans for sagebrush public lands - which are home to greater sage-grouse and 350 other species, as well as prime areas for recreation and ranching. The plans are state-tailored and focus on ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: A new report finds Wyoming needs to do more to ensure kids in the child welfare system are placed with foster families, instead of group homes or institutions.

CHEYENNER, Wy. - Wyoming is noted in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as having a high rate of child welfare placements outside of family settings, a report which makes the case that more work needs to be done to ensure a foster family or extended-family care. Twenty-seven percent ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: May has been designated as "Youth Traffic Safety Month" in Wyoming. Photo courtesy of State Farm.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A campaign to end distracted driving has launched in Wyoming, targeting teens in classrooms and other settings this month. Keeping kids safe on the road has changed as technology has become a distraction. Texting while driving boosts the risk of a crash by a factor of 23, said Scot...Read More

Public News Service - WY

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – 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. Federal rules to make the cars safer went on the books May 1, but Earthjustice attorney Kriste...Read More

Public News Service - WY

GRAPHIC: Wyomingites killed or injured at work are being honored today in the Capitol Rotunda for Workers' Memorial Day. Graphic courtesy of the Equality State Policy Center.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming workers who have been killed or injured on the job are being honored at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda this Tuesday morning. Wyoming is ranked 49th for its high rate of deaths per 100,000 workers, and has consistently ranked among the worst in the country for several yea...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: AARP Wyoming is touting passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which the group says will help Medicare physicians, improve quality of care, and allow Wyomingites to keep their doctors. Photo credit: DarkoStojanovic/

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The amount physicians are paid under Medicare is about to change. For more than 10 years, Congress has been debating reimbursement formulas and passing legislation that only provided temporary fixes. But a more permanent solution is on its way to the president's desk. Tim Summers, ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: "What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Wyomingites are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families in order to prevent abuse and neglect. Photo credit: jedidja/

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Blue and silver pinwheels have been popping up around Wyoming to raise awareness for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. There's an action campaign, too, aimed at preventing abuse and neglect and called "What's Your Dot?" Wyomingites are asked to think about what they are doing, ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: The waiting list for Wyoming Home Services soon will be cleared, thanks to a funding boost approved by the Wyoming Legislature. Photo credit: Robert1234/

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The wait soon will be over for Wyomingites who have requested assistance from a program that helps people age at home, instead of going to a nursing home. The Wyoming Legislature approved a $200,000 increase in funding for the Wyoming Home Services Program. That money will help aro...Read More

Public News Service - WY

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