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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 

    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

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PHOTO: A new report from the Center for Effective Government says Wisconsin is among the Midwest states which have numerous facilities storing and dealing with hazardous chemicals, but there is no central database of these chemicals and their effects available to first responders. Photo credit: Verona WI Fire Department

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is fourth-highest on a list of six Midwest states which have storage and manufacturing facilities that have or use at least one of nine dangerous chemicals; chemicals which are not included in risk management reports filed with the Environmental Protection Agency. More tha ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Wyoming is touting passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which the group says will help Medicare physicians, improve quality of care, and allow Wyomingites to keep their doctors. Photo credit: DarkoStojanovic/

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The amount physicians are paid under Medicare is about to change. For more than 10 years, Congress has been debating reimbursement formulas and passing legislation that only provided temporary fixes. But a more permanent solution is on its way to the president's desk. Tim Summers, ...Read More

PHOTO: More Minnesota families could get help covering the high cost of child care, thanks to efforts at the State Capitol, and a report out today (Monday) says doing so would bring economic stability to families and improve the well-being of their children. Photo credit: Alan Turkus/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the Minnesota State Legislature enters its final stretch, a new report points out several key ways that lawmakers could improve the well being of the state's children and their working parents. The briefing from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota finds that low and modera ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation that would triple the waiting period for an abortion, from one day to three, is expected to move forward in the North Carolina Senate. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Among the backlog of bills in the North Carolina General Assembly this session, one that is making progress would triple the wait time for a woman seeking an abortion to three days. The legislation (HB 465) passed the House last week and is expected to move on to the State Se ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office investigated more than 1,300 identity theft-related complaints in 2014. Law enforcement leaders and AARP Indiana are hosting two fraud prevention forums in May to help residents avoid scams. Photo credit: EP Technology/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Whether it's identity theft, insurance fraud or home repair scams – consumer watchdogs say con artists often target Indiana residents. In 2014, the state Attorney General’s office received more than 1,300 identity theft related complaints. Marion County Prosecutor ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are harshly criticizing the first few months of a GOP-led Congress they say has done nothing to benefit clean air, clean water or wilderness protection. Photo credit: Beth Little.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 114th U.S. Congress gets a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for the lawmakers' first four months of the session. The Climate Action Campaign, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Clean Water Action – among others – have tall ...Read More

IMAGE: After early problems with the website and years of bad public opinion numbers, a new poll suggests more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than disapprove.

RICHMOND, Va. – After years of general disapproval, more people now say they like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, than dislike it. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation says for the first time since 2012, more Americans approve of the health care reform law, although by a s ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Policy Matters Ohio finds a proposal in the Ohio House could make it more difficult for low-income families to obtain and maintain health insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion. Photo credit: Alex E. Proismos/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new state budget proposal would undermine Ohio's expansion of Medicaid, according to a new report by the research institute and advocacy group Policy Matters Ohio. The House version of the two-year budget directs the state to pursue a waiver of Medicaid rules to implement ...Read More

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