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    PNS Daily News - August 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a television reporter and cameraman are fatally shot during a live television broadcast in Virginia; and a federal class action lawsuit claims thousands of non-English speaking parents in Philadelphia are being denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the special education process; and the wolf pack in back in California.

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One-in-four Ohio teens admit to binge drinking; health leaders say SBIRT can help. Credit: incase/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One-in-four Ohio high school students admit to binge drinking, according to the Office of Adolescent Health, and a new strategy debuting in some Ohio schools is opening the door to conversations about drugs and alcohol with students. The SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Re ...Read More

A watchdog group says natural gas that leaks or burns off is costing New Mexico taxpayers millions of dollars in lost revenue. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Venting and flaring at oil and natural gas wells on public lands in the Four Corners area costs the public millions in lost royalty revenue, and much more to corporations doing the extraction - not to mention releasing a major climate change contributor into the environment. Tax ...Read More

The State Fair begins today with classics like the giant slide, along with new offerings like the Minnesota Department of Health's newborn screening booth. Credit: Lynn B/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and this year's run will include plenty of new offerings, including a booth focused on making sure babies in the state are getting off to a healthy start. For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Health's Newborn Screening Progr ...Read More

Amidst this summer's devastating wildfires in Washington, a team of attorneys is offering legal assistance free of charge. Credit: U.S. Interior Department

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - As hundreds of acres continue to burn in Washington, a team of attorneys across the state is helping wildfire victims with their questions about insurance claims, repair contractors, finding public assistance and more. It's a busy summer for members of the Washington State Assoc ...Read More

PHOTO: The New York Department of Labor has recovered almost $100 million for workers across the state since the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect in 2011. Photo credit: Scott Richard/Flickr.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Workers at a Brooklyn cleaning service say their boss took them to the cleaners, and he now faces charges of wage theft. The employees were promised $10 to $14 an hour to clean houses and apartments, working shifts up to 16 hours long, but often weren't paid what they were ow ...Read More

SNAP recipients must now have an in-person assessment to determine eligibility for the program. Credit: BPSUSF/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – About 50,000 Hoosiers could lose food assistance in the next few months if they do not meet work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A federal waiver that allowed adults without dependents to forgo work requirements during the recession is exp ...Read More

PHOTO: North Carolina lawmakers are considering a so-called TABOR amendment that would limit the state government's ability to raise taxes. Colorado has had such an amendment since 1992. Photo credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Colorado may be almost 1,500 miles from North Carolina, but Tar Heel State lawmakers are looking into a constitutional amendment already in place there. The North Carolina State Senate recently approved what is often referred to as a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, which wo ...Read More

As college classes begin Kentucky students are paying more, while state lawmakers are giving public universities less. Credit: KCTCS.

OWENSBORO, Ky. - As students return to Kentucky's 24 public colleges and universities to begin the fall semester, the price they are paying continues to escalate, while lawmakers continue to slash state support. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kentucky is among the five s ...Read More

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