PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Archive: February 26, 2018

Home weatherization measures such as improved insulation can save homeowners energy and money. (Bill Smith_03303/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The White House again is targeting a program that helps reduce energy costs for struggling Ohioans. President Donald Trump's recently proposed 2019 budget calls for the end to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helped about 8 percent of Ohio households - mo ...Read More

The Tour de Cure Kentucky in May will include cycling courses as well as a 5K walk and run. (musume miyuki/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Folks from all walks of life are invited to take in the beauty of Kentucky's Bourbon Trail while raising awareness about a disease that affects nearly 450,000 people in the state. The American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure will be held May 19 at Keeneland Race Course. It ...Read More

The addition of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court could tip the scales in Janus v. AFSCME. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday in a case many say could determine the fate of the nation's unions. Justices will decide whether or not Mark Janus, a public employee in Illinois, should be required to pay fees to the union that provides serv ...Read More

Union supporters filled the State Capitol rotunda for Saturday's Working People's Day of Action. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The future of unions could hang on a case being argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court. It's called Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and an Illinois man who says it’s unconstitutional to charge him for belonging to a ...Read More

The state Senate looks ready to move quickly on a bill to let major power consumers negotiate a price break. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill before the West Virginia state Senate could give industrial-scale power consumers a break on electric rates. But watchdogs say the cost would be passed on to small ratepayers. SB 600 would allow those who use more than 10,000 kilowatts of power a year to negotiate ...Read More

As in many pension funds, Florida teachers are passive investors in gun manufacturing  which means they don't choose the holdings through the Florida Retirement System. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While teachers and students in Florida debate the state government on gun control, it seems educators may be more involved with the manufacturing of the weapons than many expect. The Florida Retirement System Pension Plan holds $528,000 in stock for American Outdoor Brand ...Read More

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A coalition of activists and attorneys is suing Texas and three other states over their "winner-take-all" system of allocating Electoral College votes. The goal is to overturn a practice that they claim disenfranchises any voter who does not cast his or her ballot for the ...Read More

Iowa now has 10,000, hog confinements compared with 722 in 2001. (

DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent application denials at the county level mean more Iowans see the need for a moratorium on new factory farms, according to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. In 2017, Iowa's Department of Natural Resources approved 450 new or expanded hog factories. Jess Mazour ...Read More

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