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    PNS Daily News - August 5, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains uncertain as another political showdown looms; and America’s failing roads are costing drivers hundreds of dollars in extra vehicle service and maintenance expense each year; and we report on a major wilderness designation in Idaho.

Public News Service - Wyoming

PHOTO: To mark the five-year anniversary of the Sage Grouse Initiative, sagebrush country ranchers met this week in Montana. Four million acres of habitat have been improved under the plan. Photo courtesy of the BLM.

SAVERY, Wyo. – Sagebrush country ranchers with Partners for Conservation met this week in Montana to compare notes and observe the five-year anniversary of the Sage Grouse Initiative. More than four million acres have been improved under the initiative, with the goal of keeping sagebrush land...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: A new survey shows a majority of voters of all political stripes like the idea of preserving sagebrush landscapes where Greater sage-grouse reside. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

LANDER, Wy. – Westerners have a soft spot for greater sage-grouse, according to a new poll released today. A majority of voters surveyed in counties that are home to sage-grouse, support plans to conserve sagebrush habitat even if it includes some restrictions on energy development. Pollster...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: The amount of money Wyoming receives from coal royalty payments is at stake in a rider attached to a U.S. House spending bill. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The amount of money Wyoming receives from coal royalty payments is at stake in a rider attached to a U.S. House spending bill. The rider would preserve a business arrangement where coal companies avoid paying royalties on market value, by selling the coal first to their own ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

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

Public News Service - WY

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

Public News Service - WY

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

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