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    PNS Daily News - May 26, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; several U.S. senators want more funding for Amtrak following the derailment near Philadelphia that killed eight people; in California, Oakland City Council considers enacting far reaching privacy rules; and a report on an Ag Gag bill in North Carolina.

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PHOTO: Minnesota lawmakers still have work to do, but one measure they passed this session aims to reduce the number of senior citizens getting caught with unexpected medical bills due to the impact of patient status on Medicare coverage. Photo credit: Ted Van Pelt/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is taking action on a health care trend that's leaving some of the state's senior citizens with unexpected medical bills after a hospital stay. For Medicare to cover the cost of certain services, the patient must be officially admitted, not just classified with an ...Read More

PHOTO: Privacy advocates recently installed a sign to protest Oakland's proposed Domain Awareness Center. Photo credit: Oakland Privacy Working Group.

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Tuesday the Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee considers far-reaching privacy rules after protests forced the committee to scale back a large surveillance plan. The Domain Awareness Center would have linked video feeds from public schools, housing projects, tr ...Read More

PHOTO: As state lawmakers consider the future of the Foreclosure Mediation Program, housing numbers show that Nevada continues to be a foreclosure hot spot. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Labor.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada lawmakers are considering extending the Foreclosure Mediation Program, which has helped thousands of people stay in their homes since the Silver State became ground zero of the housing crisis. Kelly Werth is an attorney with Nevada Legal Services, which helps homeo ...Read More

PHOTO: The Senate Appropriations Committee gets back to work on Amtrak's budget, and Connecticut Senators says the issue not only impacts train safety, but traffic jams as well. Photo credit - Wikimedia A. Moriera

HARTFORD, Conn. - As folks head back to work after the long weekend, both of Connecticut's Senators say the rails would be a whole lot safer and the roads less clogged if Amtrak were properly funded. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says Japan's Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour but h ...Read More

GRAPH: GOP leaders at the WV Legislature say they want to cut business taxes to spark job growth. But according to state and federal figures analyzed by the WV Center on Budget & Policy, steep business tax cuts over the last ten years have not increased employment. Graph by WV COBP.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Cash-strapped West Virginia counties are watching a special tax committee at the legislature with dread. The Joint Select Committee on Fair Taxation may consider cuts to severance and business inventory taxes. Both could land hard on the counties, which have already strug ...Read More

PHOTO: Congress is considering a measure to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The act supports programs that provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care and help coordinating long-term care. Photo credit: jennie-o/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Older Americans Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, legislation to again reauthorize the act is being considered in Congress. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among the co-sponsors of the reauthorization measure, Senate Bill 192, said the act supports about one ...Read More

PHOTO: As students around the Buckeye State celebrate their high school graduations this weekend, a recent report finds they are also helping Ohio remain on pace to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. Photo credit: dee/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's graduation season, and an increasing number of Ohio high school seniors are donning a cap and gown. According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, Ohio's high school graduation rate was up more than 2 percent in 2013 and is slightly higher than the national average of ab ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent oil spill along the California coast has North Carolina leaders and residents concerned about the potential for renewed offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard. Photo credit: MConnors/Morguefile.

KURE BEACH, N.C. - The cleanup is underway off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, after an underground pipeline ruptured earlier this week, leaking crude oil over at least four miles of coastline. While North Carolina's beaches are thousands of miles away, the Obama administration recently aut ...Read More

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