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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 


    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

Media Reform

A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell ...Read More

A group of experts on cellphone radiation is speaking out in support of a new government study linking radiation to cancer in rats. (D3Damon/iStockphoto)

BERKELEY, Calif. - Experts on cellphone and brain tumor science say they're disappointed some media outlets downplayed last week's government study that found a small but significant percentage of rats exposed to lifelong cellphone radiation developed cancerous or precancerous cells. The $25 milli ...Read More

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

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