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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

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PHOTO: Oregon's minimum wage may be higher than most states, but it still isn't enough to support a family. That's the premise of a Saturday 'Living Wage Rally' in Salem. Opponents of raising it say the minimum wage was never intended to support a family. Image credit: mybaitshop/FeaturePics.com.

SALEM, Ore. - Taking a day off isn't something many of Oregon's low-wage workers can afford to do. But some say they can't afford not to weigh in on the living-wage debate in Salem. At noon on Saturday, a diverse group is expected to rally on the Statehouse steps in support of a minimum wage of $15 ...Read More

PHOTO: In the five years since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, analysis shows that American elections have become increasingly influenced by big, anonymous political donations.

RICHMOND, Va. - In the five years since the Citizens United decision, big anonymous money has grown increasingly important in the American political system and observers say it shows no sign of slowing. The Center for Public Integrity has been monitoring spending by the big, outside groups empowere ...Read More

PHOTO: Since the Citizens United decision five years ago, West Virginia has been among the states swimming against the big-money political tide. Photo by DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In the five years since the Citizens United decision, West Virginia lawmakers have attempted to slow the influence of big anonymous political donations. But good government groups say the state has hardly been immune. According to the Center for Public Integrity, as much as a ...Read More

PHOTO: Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission case, experts still are examining its effects on elections at all levels. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.

MIAMI - Five years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court made a milestone decision in the case of Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The high court reversed a four-decades-old rule prohibiting corporations, associations and labor unions from making unlimited contributions to politic ...Read More

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident ...Read More

PHOTO: A so-called ag-gag law that's being challenged in Idaho and Utah has been introduced as legislation in Washington. It prohibits people from audio or video taping in agricultural production facilities without the owner's written permission.  Photo credit: derausdo/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There's keen interest among farm workers groups and animal rights advocates in Washington in a so-called ag-gag bill introduced in the Legislature. House Bill 1104 gets its first hearing Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the House Public Safety Committee. It is almost identical to leg ...Read More

PHOTO: "My fight to remain in the U.S. with my wife and daughters will continue," says Arturo Hernandez Garcia, the Colorado man whose high-profile immigration case was dealt a legal setback this week. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

DENVER - Despite a recent legal setback, Arturo Hernandez Garcia says he will not give up on his effort to remain with his wife and daughters in the United States by qualifying for President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, also known as "DAPA." Garcia, who has been living ...Read More

CHART: The blue line suggests West Virginia is in for a bad flu season. But the spread of flu and other infectious diseases could be slowed by granting more workers paid sick leave. Chart by West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The flu is flying around West Virginia, but there may be a partial cure in an unexpected place - through paid sick days. Supporters are pushing both Congress and the West Virginia Legislature to expand the types of workers who can earn paid time off when they are ill. According ...Read More

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