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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

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PHOTO: There's plenty of retirement investment advice out there, but it can be confusing and fraught with hidden fees. At a Seattle summit, legislators from across the country are discussing their constituents' retirement security. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

SEATTLE – State legislators from around the country are meeting in Seattle today and one of the topics is how to help people save for retirement. Both Washington and Oregon have taken steps this year to launch workplace savings plans for employees of small businesses. At the National Confe ...Read More

The Fate of free-roaming horses on Arizona public lands could be decided soon with the release of two government studies expected soon. Photo cedit: U.S. Forest Service.

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. - Some refer to them as "wild horses" and others as "unauthorized livestock" but one thing is certain, the fate of the free-roaming horses referred to as "The Heber Horses" could be decided soon. The U.S. Forest Service has two studies in progress regarding how to manage the ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center finds the tax-relief plans of House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are a good starting point for budget compromise. Photo by Stephanie Frank.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It's been a month of budget gridlock in Pennsylvania after Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed the Republican Legislature's spending plan, claiming it is unbalanced and would lead to a $3 billion deficit. However, a new report finds common ground for compromise in the tax-relief plan ...Read More

PHOTO: Amid attacks on the organization, Planned Parenthood supporters and volunteers have been working overtime to ensure the St. Louis office remains a welcoming place for the patients it serves. Photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With Republican lawmakers planning to vote as early as this week on a bill to block Planned Parenthood from federal funding, supporters of the organization are speaking out. Natasha Ceballos was a scared teenager when she visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis as a patient, ...Read More

PHOTO: For many Minnesotans, Medicare and Medicaid are a lifeline when it comes to health care. The two public programs today are celebrating their 50th anniversary. More than one million people statewide rely on Medicaid for their health care and another 800,000 who are covered under Medicare. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a celebration today nationwide as Medicaid turns 50 years old, and in Minnesota it's positive impact on health has never been greater. With the Medicaid expansion allowed under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people enrolled in Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care gr ...Read More

PHOTO: The first half of this year was deadlier for motorists on state and federal highways in Nevada when compared with the same period of 2014. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The traffic death rate in Nevada for the first half of the year is up over the same time period of 2014. Meg Ragonese, a public information officer with the Nevada Department of Transportation, reports that 168 people have died in car crashes through late July, compared w ...Read More

PHOTO: Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab ...Read More

PHOTO: A window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Photo Credit: USDA

BOSTON - A big window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students. Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last ...Read More

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