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    PNS Daily News - February 9, 20160 


    Our news today zeros-in on issues from around the nation including: It’s New Hampshire’s turn to select presidential candidates but not all voters are fully decided; some West Virginians sympathizing with the water woes of Flint, Michigan; and a go-to indicator may be mis-categorizing millions of Americans as unhealthy.

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Taxpayers can help protect non-game species, including Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, by making a donation on their state income-tax forms. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many of us are preparing our income taxes, one state agency is reminding Minnesotans there's an easy way to help protect wildlife at tax time. All it takes is checking the box on the state tax form to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, part of the Minnesota Department of ...Read More

A coalition of Florida groups is fighting to preserve access to public records in the state. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While no one disputes Floridians have a constitutional right to access public documents, the debate over how to crack down on a small number of abusers of that right is much more controversial. State law dictates if a person sues the government for violating public records acc ...Read More

It's estimated one in five Indiana kids has been contacted by a predator on social media, and many of them have no idea it's happened. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - Social media is here to stay and, while there are many positive aspects of being online, there are also some dangers especially for children. In Indiana, it's estimated that one in five children has been contacted online by a sexual predator. Those statistics come from the Morgan Cou ...Read More

Logan Airport workers rally today in support of a bill getting a State House hearing to boost airport workers' pay to $15 an hour. (SEIU)

BOSTON - A measure to boost Logan Airport workers' wages to $15 an hour comes up for a hearing today at the State House and some of those workers will be on the State House steps to show their support for the measure. Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) favors a $15 hourly minimum for all workers i ...Read More

Michigan is getting more than $3.5 million as part of a national settlement with mortgage lender HSBC. (Tabor Andrew Bain/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan homeowners who suffered a financial blow during the mortgage crisis may get some relief. The state will receive over $3.5 million as part of a $470 million national settlement with mortgage lender HSBC. Megan Hawthorne, deputy press secretary with the Michigan Attorn ...Read More

Raising wages to $12 by 2020 would save taxpayers $17 billion in public assistance costs, according to a new report. (Zerbor/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Matt Mead told legislators, "I see you have well over 100 proposed bills." One is House Bill 4, a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. A new Economic Policy Institute report shows boosting wages nationally w ...Read More

The Indian Point Nuclear Power Station experienced five emergency shutdowns in 2015. (Tony Fischer/Flickr)

NEW YORK - State officials say "alarming levels" of radioactive tritium have been detected in ground water from test wells at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. According to news reports, the contamination at one well had jumped to over 8 million picocuries per liter, 400 times the EPA maximum ...Read More

West Virginians say news of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Mich., is painfully familiar. (Friends of Water)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Nearly 40 West Virginia groups are sending an open letter to the people of Flint, Michigan saying they know what it's like to have contaminated drinking water. When the news leaked that Flint's water has high levels of lead, many folks in Charleston immediately thought of the ...Read More

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