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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 - Wyoming

GRAPHIC: A new report makes the case for tighter controls on natural gas leaks and flaring based on environmental concerns and budget issues. Graphic courtesy of Environmental Defense Fund.

CODY, Wyo. – Wyoming is second in the nation when it comes to how much natural gas is being released or burned off by companies working on federal and tribal lands. A report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) finds that the gas wasted is worth more than $76 million a year, ...Read More

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PHOTO: Pinedale High School algebra students used their math skills to map out plans to install markers along fencing to protect sage grouse, and then helped install the reflectors. Photo credit: Christine Paige

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Algebra students at Pinedale High School solved story problems to help sage grouse. Teens crunched the numbers and mapped out how many fence markers would be needed on the Mesa outside Pinedale, and calculated how many volunteers would be optimal to efficiently install the markers. ...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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