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PNS Daily News - January 28, 2015 

We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the LDS Church is supporting laws that protect LGBT Americans; and federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup; and a new report shows that income inequality may be worse than previously reported.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
SANTA FE, N.M. - "Food and Farms Day" at the state Capitol is part of an ongoing effort to support New Mexico's farm economy by giving farmers a better chance to provide healthy, nutritious and locally grown foods to schools and communities around ...Read More
PHOTO: Indiana is now the 28th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The program will be run under the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan, and expands eligibility to those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Photo credit: MDGboston/morguefile.\
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Within days, hundreds of thousands of people could be covered by Indiana's newly expanded Medicaid program. Immediately after Gov. Mike Pence announced federal approval of the expansion through the Healthy Indiana Plan on Tuesday ...Read More
PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.\
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting legislation at all levels of government that would provide protections in housing, employment and other areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ...Read More
PHOTO: A five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling was released Tuesday by the Obama Administration, including North Carolina. Opponents say drilling could put the state’s national heritage at risk. Photo credit: Waldo Jaquith/Flickr\
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. - President Obama's proposal to open the North Carolina coast to oil and gas drilling is drawing opposition from some communities and conservation groups. A five-year draft proposal to allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean was ...Read More
PHOTO: Elephants at the Buffalo Zoo, here in a 2007 photo, are among those in three New York zoos on this year's 'Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants' list released by an animal-rights group. Photo credit: amerune/Flickr.com.\
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
NEW YORK - Zoos in three New York cities are targeted by an animal-rights group on an annual list of what it calls North America's "10 worst zoos" for elephants. The group "In Defense of Animals" accused the Buffalo Zoo of housing its two Asian ...Read More
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Income inequality often is in the news, and a new report confirms that it may be even worse than earlier reported. The report, "The Increasingly Unequal States of America," examines data by state. Report co-author Mark Price ...Read More
PHOTO: Last year, nearly 700 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 63,000 Missourians file their federal and state income tax returns, and the program will be offered again this year at dozens of sites statewide. Photo credit: M. Shand\
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Getting your taxes done early will not only feel like a burden has been lifted, but experts say it actually can help Missourians avoid fraud - and it can all be done for free. At sites across the state, Internal Revenue Service- ...Read More