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    PNS Daily News - July 30, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the Clean Power Plan will save Americans some money on their electric bills, concludes a new report; a new program launching in New York seeks to identify and treat people with mental health issues living in low income areas; in California, several grocers face big fines for selling produce tainted with illegal pesticides.

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PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi ...Read More

PHOTO: Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, which creates congressional and legislative districts based on Census Bureau data, has been deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling could have a national impact. Photo credit: U.S. Census Bureau.

PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Arizona's voter-approved Independent Redistricting Commission could have a national impact. The high court's five-to-four ruling affirmed the commission is constitutional. Robyn Prudhomme-Bauer, past president of the League of Women Voters o ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says more Americans are retiring to communities in the West, like Las Cruces, that are home to protected public lands, such as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Older Americans are three times more likely to retire in areas of New Mexico and other Western states that have protected public lands such as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces. That's the finding of a new report from the Center for Western Priori ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: Suzanne Hanlon/Flickr

NEW YORK - Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The group used a new tool for calculating poverty rates, instead of the official measure, and found federal assistance has made a big difference ...Read More

Photo: New Census data indicates children who receive adequate food at home, and at school, also perform better academically in school. Photo courtesy: The Children's Aid Society.

DAYTON, Ohio - The latest Census data indicates poverty is on the decrease nationwide for the first time since 2006. In Ohio, the poverty rate number now sits at 16 percent for 2013, slightly above the national average, but the proportion of children living in poverty in Ohio and the rest of the cou ...Read More

PHOTO: Figures show an improving economy in 2013, according to the Census Bureau, but some experts caution the recovery is still not adding up to financial security for many middle and low-income Kentuckians. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The latest Census Bureau report shows an improving economy in 2013 but some experts caution the recovery is too slow to help the living standards of many middle and low-income Americans. In Kentucky, 18.8 percent of the people lived in poverty last year. That's down from 19.4 percen ...Read More

Photo: The gap between the poorest and wealthiest in Colorado is widening, according to Census data released Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - According to the latest Census data released Thursday, Coloradans are, at least on paper, making slightly more money than they were a year or two ago. The state's median household income increased by 2.4 percent since 2012, but experts warn it's important to read between the lines. Median ...Read More

NEW YORK - It's a big number that's making headlines in New York, but local advocates for immigrants say the flow of unaccompanied minors to Long Island is being taken in stride. Reports published in Newsday show that Long Island leads the state for the number of unaccompanied children arriving in ...Read More

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