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    PNS Daily News - November 30, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring today: world leaders converge on Paris for climate talks; the push for paid family leave could get a boost from the power of a famous name; and how local tree farms are doing much more than growing the holiday spirit.

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Conservation organizations are supporting bipartisan legislation to permanently reinstate the lapsed federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been used in counties all across Wisconsin to preserve scenic beauty and natural resources. Credit: CleanWisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - For decades, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped the state preserve the scenic beauty for which Wisconsin is famous, but Congress has let the fund lapse. Conservationists – such as real estate consultant Dick Steffes, who for decades ran the DNR's l ...Read More

Seventy-four percent of 2014 political candidates participated in Connecticut's Clean Elections law. Credit: Jim Bowen/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Leaders of Connecticut's Democratic Party have proposed suspending the state's Clean Election law as a way to help close the budget deficit. More than 70 percent of state legislators elected in 2014 used the campaign finance law that favors small donors over large, corporat ...Read More

Gerrymandering might be minimizing both competition and voter turnout in Indiana legislative races. Credit: Massimo Catarinella/

INDIANAPOLIS - Some groups are hopeful Indiana will follow the lead of its neighbor and take steps to prevent gerrymandering. Ohio voters this month approved changes to the way its legislative districts are drawn, and a study committee in Indiana is examining what can be done here. Debbie Asberry, ...Read More

A call for ethics reform was issued outside the court where state officials are being tried for corruption. Credit: @commoncauseny

NEW YORK - With two former leaders of the state Legislature on trial for corruption, civic groups are calling for immediate action to implement ethics reforms in Albany. More than 30 state legislators have left office because of criminal charges or ethical issues in the past 15 years. This week, th ...Read More

State organizations say Michigan's open records laws need to be reformed. Credit: Brian Charles Watson/Wikimedia.

LANSING, Mich. – Not only did Michigan receive a failing grade in a new 2015 State Integrity Investigation, it came in dead last in ethics and transparency laws. The state failed in 10 out of 13 areas scored in the report released Monday by the Center for Public Integrity. Melanie McElroy, e ...Read More

Activists with the Governing Under the Influence campaign greeted GOP candidate Donald Trump at the State House Tuesday. Courtesy: A. Alpert/American Friends Service Committee

CONCORD, N.H. – They greeted Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Martin O'Malley on day one – and today they will be back to send a message to Marco Rubio and other presidential candidates about the Governing Under the Influence (GUI) campaign. Activists will be at the State ...Read More

The movement to end mass incarceration in the U.S. has a new digital tool for its toolbox. Credit: sakhorn38/

DENVER - Human rights advocates are deploying a new digital tool to help convince corporations to stop profiting from mass incarceration. More than 2.4 million people are currently behind bars in the U.S., more than any other nation according to the American Friends Service Committee. Dalit Baum, ...Read More

Medicaid recipients in Kentucky who have outdated addresses face disenrollment from the government funded health insurance program unless they update their information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bad address could mean bad news for Medicaid users in Kentucky. If a mailing to a Medicaid recipient comes back to the state with an incorrect address, the recipient is now being warned they have from 31 to 60 days to update their address. Emily Beauregard, executive director wi ...Read More

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