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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

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Women in Florida and nationwide want lawmakers to know how they feel about issues like equal pay and paid leave. (cohdra/morguefile)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With national reports giving Florida a failing grade in terms of economic security for women, a forum was held last night in Orlando with the goal of getting women to raise their collective voices for change. Liz Shuler is the national secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and she ca ...Read More

A bill using funds already in place says Iowa recovery efforts could be better coordinated after a natural disaster. (National Weather Service)

DES MOINES, Iowa - After a major weather incident like the tornado that hit Stanton in southwestern Iowa last week, water, food and shelter can suddenly be in short supply, and volunteers from faith-based and community organizations usually rally to help their neighbors. But the goal of Senate Fil ...Read More

A proposed water pipeline would transfer 86,000-acre feet of water a year from Lake Powell (above) for water customers in southwestern Utah. (JodiJacobson/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah has filed for a permit to build a controversial 140-mile pipeline to send water from the Colorado River to southwestern Utah, but a coalition of conservation groups says its members will fight the project. The Lake Powell Pipeline could take up to 86,000 acre-fee ...Read More

The topic at Montana's Equal Pay Summit in Bozeman today is the pay gap, in a state where a woman makes 74 cents on the dollar compared to a man. (Imagesource/iStockphoto)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's working women make on average only 74 cents on the dollar compared to men; the ninth-worst pay gap in the country. That's the issue being addressed today at the third annual Equal Pay Summit at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is sponsored by the Governor's ...Read More

A bill was pulled before a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee today that would force renters to deposit rent with an attorney during eviction proceedings. (i_frontier/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO - Tenants' rights advocates are celebrating after Assemblyman Mike Gatto killed his controversial bill about evictions, just ahead of a scheduled vote today in the California Legislature's Assembly Judiciary Committee. The legislation would have forced renters who are contesting an evi ...Read More

A report from a nonpartisan organization shows those with the highest incomes in Wisconsin are paying a lower percentage in taxes than people of modest means. (Zerbor/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – While the wealthiest Americans have seen their earnings skyrocket in recent years, incomes have stagnated for many others in the country, according to Tamarine Cornelius, a research analyst for the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project. She conducted a study that concludes Wis ...Read More

The governor's line-item veto reduces how much lottery money will go to need-based college scholarships in Kentucky. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It's known as the "Powerball promise" in Kentucky – lottery money going to education, and state law requiring more than half of it to be used for need-based scholarships. But for years lawmakers have swept millions of dollars earmarked for the College Access Program (C ...Read More

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts ...Read More

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