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    PNS Daily News - May 2, 20160 


    Today’s news features stories from around the nation: May Day marches highlight worker and immigrant rights; a circus company packs it up for pachyderms; and a "Powerball Promise" to fund education appears to fall short in Kentucky.

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AT&T is offering low-cost Internet service to qualifying North Carolina families. (eltpics/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Home Internet is no longer a luxury. Many people consider it a necessity for North Carolina families as they go to school, work and lead their daily lives, but until now, the monthly cost of the service has been prohibitive for many families. That's changing with a new program offer ...Read More

Lawmakers in Sacramento are holding a hearing today on a bill to allow AT&T to phase out landline service in four years. (kconnors/morguefile)

California lawmakers are considering a bill to cut the cord on landline telephone service at a hearing today before the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. Assembly Bill 2395 would permit AT&T to stop maintaining the copper-wire landline service in California in 2020, except in areas that ha ...Read More

A ballot initiative that would establish the nation's first public, universal health care system in Colorado is facing an uphill struggle. (gpointstudio/iStockphoto)

DENVER - An initiative on the November ballot to make Colorado the first state to establish public, universal health coverage is facing well-financed opposition from business and conservative groups. As former head of corporate communications at the health insurance giant Cigna, Wendell Potter say ...Read More

New research shows some international news coverage unnecessarily links the Islamic faith to acts of extremist violence. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With the March Madness basketball tournament under way, social justice advocates are releasing their own version of the Elite Eight: the eight most-quoted sources in news articles about extremism. To create their list, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) looked throug ...Read More

Illinois' Public Access Bureau worked through about 4,770 requests over the state's Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's Sunshine Week, when civic groups focus on the need for open government and celebrate the Freedom of Information laws, including those in Illinois. According to a report released this week by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office in 2015 helped resolve a majority o ...Read More

The federal government processed a record 769,000 Freedom of Information Act requests in 2015. (ariadna/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today is Freedom of Information Day, part of Sunshine Week, which highlights the need to ensure that government isn't kept behind closed doors. Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, said the annual observance began in 2003 as a reminder of the power o ...Read More

Opponents say HR 2666 in Congress would ban the FCC from investigating customer complaints over Internet service. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Congress is considering a bill that an Illinois consumer watchdog group says could prevent legitimate complaints about Internet access from being investigated. Supporters of the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois sa ...Read More

Men dominate the national conversation about women's reproductive health, according to a new report. (LuckyBusiness/iStockphoto)

DENVER – Male voices and perspectives are blocking out females – even in coverage of women's reproductive health – according to new research by the Women's Media Center. It says journalists who are women produce 37 percent of articles on contraception or abortion, compared with 5 ...Read More

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