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    PNS Daily News - April 2, 20150 

    A variety of issues from coast to coast including; Arkansas lawmakers being sent back to the drawing board on their religious freedom bill; California clamps down on water usage, but neighboring states pass on restrictions; and Autism Awareness Month highlights the dangers of wandering.

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PHOTO: Longer lives and higher expectations are changing the ways many people grow older in the U.S. Participants in a Seattle forum on aging say the national discussion should focus on seniors' possibilities, not limitations. Photo credit: N.D. Pettit/

SEATTLE - Decision-makers from all walks of life are meeting in Seattle today to brainstorm ways the state and nation can adapt to a future in which, for the first time in history, people age 60 and older will outnumber those 15 and younger. It's one of five regional forums leading up to the White ...Read More

PHOTO: Health advocates are urging policymakers to enforce the ACA's requirements that all marketplace insurance plans offer the full range of tools available to help smokers kick the habit. Photo credit: cherylholt/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kicking the smoking habit is one of the most difficult things many Ohioans will ever do, and a new report finds that the overwhelming majority of the state's marketplace health insurance plans are not helping them in the way they should be. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requ ...Read More

Photo: CEI's building is in the flight path of Raleigh International Airport. The company used it as an opportunity to market its company name with the layout of its solar panels. Photo courtesy: CEI

RALEIGH, N.C. – The sun is shining on North Carolina when it comes to solar energy installations. The superstar, according to a new report by the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center, is Raleigh, which ranks in 13th place out of 65 cities listed. Charlotte comes in at 36. ...Read More

PHOTO: On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Utah for the first time since being elected to the nation's highest office. Photo credit: U.S. Defense Department.

SALT LAKE CITY – State Sen. Jim Dabakis is among those saying President Barack Obama's first visit to Utah as president on Friday is overdue. Dabakis has lobbied Obama to visit the state through a petition on Facebook, and sponsored Senate Resolution 3, which invites the First Family to visi ...Read More

PHOTO: As California implements mandatory water restrictions, Arizona officials say despite a 15 year drought, such measures are not likely in the Grand Canyon State. Photo credit: California Department of General Services.

PHOENIX – Despite the years-long drought on the Colorado River, Arizona is not facing the historic mandatory water restrictions being implemented in neighboring California, according to Thomas Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Buschatzke says Arizona is a lea ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawmakers leading the push for a statewide smoke-free law say progress was made this year even though the bill ultimately died in the Senate. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This year's legislative session, which ended last week, was the fifth straight year a statewide smoke-free bill failed to pass. As the gavel fell on the 2015 session, the bill's annual sponsor, Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, tweeted, "Maybe not perfection, but certainly progress! ...Read More

PHOTO: Better treatment of Idaho farmworkers and recognition of their importance in the food system are part of the National Farmworker Awareness campaign. Photo credit: Brian Prechtel, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Farm-to-school programs and buying local food are popular trends in Idaho, and the route those foods take to get to the plate are being highlighted for National Farmworker Awareness - a spring campaign that coincides with crop planting. Even with advances in equipment, said Rebecc ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida's conservation community says state lawmakers are ignoring a deadline to purchase land owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation to be used for a new reservoir to keep polluted water from reaching the Everglades. Photo credit: Elle Randi/Morguefile.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With the passage of Amendment One in the November election, Florida now has the funds to protect the Everglades and the state's water supply. But now, state lawmakers appear to be losing their resolve to purchase land the sugar industry agreed to sell in 2010. Progress Florida is ...Read More

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