PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Archive: February 28, 2018

The State of Indiana considers interest rates on loans above 72 percent felony loansharking. (

INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for lower-income Hoosiers are celebrating the defeat of a payday-lending bill in the Indiana Legislature. House Bill 1319, which passed in the House earlier this month, would have allowed payday lenders to charge interest on small loans at rates more than triple what ...Read More

Spring flooding in Wisconsin can be devastating, as in Rock Springs in 2016, when the Baraboo River overflowed. Democrats say a bill under consideration would make flooding worse. (NOAA)

MADISON, Wis. — As February comes to a close, 12 Wisconsin counties are now or have recently been under flood warnings, an unusually high number for this time of year. Wisconsin Democrats are opposed to a bill working its way through the state Legislature. They say AB 547 would make spring f ...Read More

For more than 40 years, the League of Conservation Voters has graded members of Congress based on their votes on environmental issues. (David Restivo/National Park Service)

HELENA, Mont. — Montana's congressional delegation is split on protecting the environment, according to the scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters on Tuesday. The scorecard grades Treasure State lawmakers on 19 Senate and 35 House votes in 2017 related to the environment, energy, ...Read More

High school students will gather on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol to protest gun violence on March 14. (Kevin Rank/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Some Idaho high school students are planning to join their peers across the country in mid-March to protest gun violence. Students will stage a walkout on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. They say they'll stand outside for 17 ...Read More

Cover crops grew on only 2.6 percent of Iowa's nearly 23 million acres of corn and soybeans in 2016. (crop

AMES, Iowa — A new research project is underway to explore how Iowa farmers could use cover crops as a way to prevent soil, nitrogen and phosphorus from leaving farm fields. The group, Practical Farmers of Iowa, says cover crops such as cereal rye can be planted in the fall and then terminat ...Read More

There are more than 60 school-based health centers in Ohio, providing convenient medical services for students. (Semevent/Pixabay)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Some Ohio communities are using creative models to help more folks access a doctor, nurse or other medical provider. Having a regular place to visit for medical care leads to better health outcomes. School-based health centers are one idea that is catching on. The Cincinna ...Read More

With the West Virginia Legislature having long refused to pass an LGBT nondiscrimination law, the fight for those protections has moved to city and town councils. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fairness West Virginia says a troubling referendum provision in complex home-rule legislation could be used to overturn local non-discrimination laws. House Bill 4158 is extensive, and would set a number of rules for local governments. Andrew Schneider, the executive dire ...Read More

Two large-scale hog farm operations have already been proposed in North Dakota. (rygudguy/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Could large hog-farming operations be on the horizon for North Dakota? The state Department of Health is clearing the way for them, by deciding on changes to pollution-control rules from animal feeding operations. Two hog farms proposed for eastern North Dakota have local re ...Read More

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