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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Budget Policy & Priorities

A new alliance says communities and the economy must be protected in fighting climate change. Credit: Hotblack/Morguefile

SEATTLE - A diverse coalition wants voters to have a say about the best way to fight climate change in the state of Washington. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on Tuesday announced a 2016 ballot initiative that it says could hasten the transition to a clean-energy economy. OneAmerica is in ...Read More

Julie Ostrovsky says her 17-year-old son Mitchell has benefited from applied behavior analysis treatment for autism. Courtesy: Samantha Ostrovsky

LAS VEGAS - Intensive early intervention is considered to be key for effective treatment of autism, and it looked as if Nevada was going to reach out to thousands more children with new treatment - but advocates say that effort has stalled. Autism Community Trust Inc. executive director Julie Ostro ...Read More

Forest fire. Credit: ellend1022/iStock

PHOENIX - Massive wildfires raged across the western United States this summer, killing people and devastating entire towns. Six new projects announced today are designed to help Arizona avoid that same fate. It's part of the two-day Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy Conference in Scottsdale, attend ...Read More

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with marijuana should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine. Credit: Jan Havlicek/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum. Heather Fazio, Texas political director with the Marijuana Policy Pro ...Read More

More than 130,000 Coloradans have benefited from the state's decision to accept Medicaid expansion work in industries critical to the state's economy, according to a new study. Credit: Sturti/iStockphoto.

DENVER – The Affordable Care Act has had a big impact on workers who don't get health insurance through their jobs, at least in some states. Since Colorado decided to expand Medicaid coverage last year, almost 68 percent of Coloradans benefiting from the program are workers – according ...Read More

A Muni streetcar along the Embarcadero in San Francisco during the December holiday season. Credit: Luciano Mortula/iStockphoto.

BERKELEY, Calif. – Encouraging Californians to use the state's light-rail systems instead of driving is being promoted as one way to combat climate change. A report out today from UC Berkeley and the nonprofit Next 10 rates transit systems like the Metro in Los Angeles and BART in San Francis ...Read More

Illinois Fair Trade Campaign members warn the TPP could hurt jobs across the state. Courtesy: IFTC.

CHICAGO – With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a step closer to becoming reality, some advocacy groups say the trade deal could end up hurting some Illinois residents' jobs and health. Twelve countries in all, including the United States, agreed Monday on what's being called the largest r ...Read More

Past cuts to school funding have hit poor school districts in Pennsylvania the hardest. Credit: Cole Stivers/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Wednesday the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of revenue sources that could help restore past cuts to education funding. Budget cuts imposed on education in 2011 have made educational inequality worse in the state. According to Deborah Go ...Read More

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