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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: Taxpayer-funded farm animal abuse is at the center of public outrage, and an investigation regarding what has been happening at a USDA Meat Research Center in Nebraska. Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary.

LOS ANGELES - An undercover investigation by a New York Times reporter at a USDA Meat Research Center in Nebraska has sparked outrage from animal welfare groups and the public, with thousands now calling on Congress to shut the program down. Bruce Friedrich, director of advocacy and policy for the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will be updating its policies regarding industry requests not to disclose hydraulic fracturing chemicals in the name of "trade secrets." Photo courtesy of EPA.

CASPER, Wyo. - A recent lawsuit settlement should make gray areas related to public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing more transparent in Wyoming. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will adopt new policies to review industry requests to keep fracking chemicals secret ...Read More

PHOTO: A new coalition including the National Organization for Women, American Civil Liberties Union, and League of Women Voters hopes to change the tone of women's issues at the state capitol. Photo credit: Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to the health, safety and economic security of women in Michigan, a new coalition says it's time for a change in direction. The new nonpartisan group is called MI Lead, and is made up of civil rights, health, labor and advocacy organizations from across the state. MI ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Tuesday is caregivers day at the General Assembly in Richmond, and caregivers from around the commonwealth say they want to make sure they get clear instructions on how to look after loved ones when discharged from a facility. Graphic courtesy of AARP.

RICHMOND, Va. - Residents who care for loved ones at home are flooding the General Assembly this week to ask commonwealth lawmakers to honor their unpaid work, and help them do their caregiving work better. Today is Caregivers' Day at the capitol, and residents like Diane Rainier of Virginia Beach ...Read More

PHOTO: Air pollution that can affect Utah's economy and the health of its residents is one of the many issues state lawmakers will consider during the 2015 Legislative Session, now underway. Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Health.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's air-quality challenges are among the issues state lawmakers will consider during this year's legislative session, which started Monday. Representative Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) is the co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, which is focused on passing legi ...Read More

PHOTO: Students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College are among those who could benefit from President Barack Obama's proposal for two years of free tuition for community college students nationwide. The head of Kentucky's statewide system calls the idea a great investment. Photo courtesy Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

VERSAILLES, Ky. – The newly-appointed president of Kentucky's Community and Technical College System says President Barack Obama's call for free tuition would be a great investment. Known as America's College Promise, Obama's plan would pay for two years of community college for students who ...Read More

PHOTO: After 15 years, there's new leadership at AARP Montana. Former state director Bob Bartholomew retired and Tim Summers has been named the new director. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HELENA, Mont. - A new legislative session and a new director at AARP Montana. Tim Summers is taking the helm of the group that champions issues for older Montanans. Summers says Montana has a senior population that's growing faster than almost any other state in the nation, and there are some top is ...Read More

PHOTO: Utahns are being encouraged to file their taxes as soon as possible, in order to reduce the opportunity of taxpayer identify theft. Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Retirement Systems.

SALT LAKE CITY – Tax time in Utah and around the nation can mean more opportunity for those who steal income tax refunds through identify theft and other means. Laura Polacheck, communications director at AARP Utah, says in recognition of this being Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, her org ...Read More

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