PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Archive: March 5, 2018

The budget approved by the Kentucky House calls for a 6.25 percent cut to most state agencies.<br />(Mark Goebel/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The two-year budget approved by the Kentucky House doesn't include cuts as severe as some other plans, yet some groups think it still leads the Commonwealth down the wrong path. The $22.5 million spending plan calls for a 6.25 percent budget cut for most state agencies. It w ...Read More

Journalistic exposÚs of cruelty or unsafe practices in Iowa's animal agriculture industry were stymied by passage of the state's

DES MOINES, Iowa - Opponents of Iowa's "ag-gag" law are awaiting a court date for a trial they hope will provide a similar result to what has happened in other states. Last week, a federal judge denied the state's motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ag-gag l ...Read More

For some kids, a school breakfast is their only opportunity to have a complete, nutritious meal. (USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. - The most important meal of the day is being celebrated at schools across Nebraska during this National School Breakfast Week. Each day, more than 76,000 students in the state get a healthy, nutritious meal before they start their day through the federal School Breakfast Program. Acc ...Read More

Of countries with at least 10 million people, only Yemen has more mass shootings per capita than the United States. (

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Standing room only is now the norm at meetings for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, following the school shooting that left 17 dead in Florida last month. The group, which has a South Dakota chapter, was started in 2012 by Shannon Watts, after 20 children and ...Read More

Democrats in the Florida Senate want to ban weapons such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle, which was used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After hours of intense debate, the Florida Senate rejected an assault weapons ban this weekend, while moving forward with a voluntary plan to arm teachers in schools. In a rare Saturday session, senators briefly approved - then swiftly rejected - an amendment to Senate Bi ...Read More

Groups are seeking an injunction to halt construction where drilling-fluid spill protocols have been weakened. (Ohikulkija [CC BY-SA 3.0]/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA — Environmental groups claim the agreement to restart the Mariner East 2 pipelines is illegal. Pipeline construction permits were suspended in January for what the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection labeled "willful and egregious" violations. Five weeks later, S ...Read More

West Virginia spends about 20 percent less on school workers as a proportion of the state's Gross Domestic Product than it did eight years ago. (W. Va. Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Striking teachers are angry about rising health care premiums and eroding benefits from West Virginia's Public Employee Insurance Agency. But what would a real PEIA fix look like? School workers, who are away from their classrooms for an eighth day today, say they want mo ...Read More

Every decade, with the results of the U.S. Census in hand, Virginia's legislative districts are drawn. (OneVirginia2021)

RICHMOND, Va. — The borders of certain voting districts in Virginia could be changed more than state lawmakers may have expected. A group known as OneVirginia2021 is spearheading the charge for redistricting, convinced that 11 of the 100 districts in the House of Delegates are unconstitutional ...Read More

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