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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - The home-security industry is sounding the alarm about deregulating phone service in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Senate on Monday approved what's become known as the AT&T bill, making it the first bill to land on the governor's desk this legislative session. The bill frees the b ...Read More

PHOTO: Backers of legislation in Olympia to create new rules for small installment loans say they'd be an alternative to payday lending. Opponents say they'd mean more profit for payday lenders and cost borrowers a lot more. Photo credit: gunnar3000/FeaturePics.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Bills to expand payday lending options in Washington have emerged from House and Senate committees, despite objections from advocates for low-income borrowers, seniors and the Washington attorney general. The bills, HB 1922 and SB 5899, would create a new type of six- to 12-month i ...Read More

PHOTO: The outcome of a case being heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court could have a big impact on health care in Colorado. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikipedia.

Denver, CO - Should the federal government be allowed to help pay for health insurance for people anywhere in the country, or only in states that have set up health exchanges? That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court today (Wed.) with King v. Burwell. Advocates of the Affordable Care Act sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite progress toward its renewable energy goals, Michigan's solar industry took a hit last year with employment dropping from 2,700 in 2013 to 2,100 in 2014. Photo credit: Ben Grader/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's solar industry has seen sunnier days, as new rankings show the state has dropped from 14th to 20th in the nation for solar employment. Experts say a lack of clear direction is partly to blame. The good news is Michigan is on track to have 10 percent of its energy come fr ...Read More

PHOTO: On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, and the outcome could impact health insurance coverage for over 500,000 North Carolinians. Photo courtesy Matt H. Wade/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than half a million North Carolinians are now able to afford health coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their access to health insurance may be temporary, however, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of four petitioners who will argue Wednesday an overs ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday. Opponents argue the King v. Burwell case threatens access to healthcare tax credits for millions of Americans, including nearly 200,000 Ohioans. Photo credit: Christiana Care/Flickr.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A U.S. Supreme Court hearing Wednesday could have serious implications for nearly 200,000 Ohioans receiving subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. In King v. Burwell, justices will decide whether federal health insurance subsidies in states using the federal exchange, like Ohi ...Read More

PHOTO: The Big Brown Barn at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute near East Troy, WI, will be the place for a free screening of the movie "GMO OMG," which raises questions about genetically modified organisms that are in our food chain right now. Photo credit: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

EAST TROY, Wis. - The movie "GMO OMG" deals with genetically modified organisms that are already in our food chain, how they got there, and related issues the filmmakers believe every consumer should be aware of. The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a free screening of this compel ...Read More

PHOTO: The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger has helped feed students regardless of socio-economic status through school breakfasts, after school snacks and summer meal programs. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DENVER – There are fewer young, rumbling bellies today in Colorado than five years ago. The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger celebrated its fifth birthday at the governor's mansion in Denver on Friday. The campaign has worked to streamline access to food stamps and expand programs ...Read More

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