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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

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PHOTO: Some are concerned Illinois will go the way of other Midwestern states that have established right-to-work laws. While supporters say it would spur job creation and boost the economy, opponents argue right-to-work laws have negative impacts on wages, and the state budget. Photo credit: louisilleusace/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - States around the Midwest are joining the right-to-work bandwagon, but the question remains whether Illinois will climb aboard. Right-to-work prohibits workers from being required to join or pay money to a union as a condition of employment. Gov. Bruce Rauner said it would boost ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This is Spread the Word to End the Word day, an effort to get all people to stop using the word "retarded." Graphic courtesy of Special Olympics.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa and the nation are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others - whether that is the intent or not. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their v ...Read More

PHOTO: Minneapolis home-care worker Robin Pikala says new legislation on wage theft might have helped her when an employer went bankrupt owing her $2,000 in wages. Photo courtesy Minnesota AFL-CIO.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some Minnesota workers hope lawmakers can help protect them from having their wages stolen. Part of a package of legislation called the Working Parents Act would toughen state laws against employers who cheat or fail to pay their employees. It's designed for situations such as th ...Read More

PHOTO: Fast-tracked right-to-work legislation, which drew throngs of protestors to the state capitol in Madison last week, has now moved on to the assembly. Republicans say the legislation will create jobs; Democrats disagree, saying it's another attack on hard-working middle class families in the Badger state. (Photo credit: One Wisconsin Now)

MADISON, Wis. - Amid protests and rallies at the state Capitol in Madison, Senate Republicans last week passed fast-tracked legislation that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state, and now the Assembly is taking up the bill. Republican leaders say the bill sends a strong signal that Wisconsin i ...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: 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: Itís Severe Weather Awareness Week in Illinois, and state emergency leaders are encouraging residents to be prepared for the threat of spring storms. Photo credit: James Loesch/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The warmer and often volatile weather of spring will soon arrive, and during Severe Weather Awareness Week, state emergency officials are reminding Illinoisans about the dangers of thunderstorms, lightening, tornadoes and flash floods. Mike McClure, senior meteorologist ...Read More

PHOTO: Schools around Indiana are celebrating the benefits of the School Breakfast Program, during  National School Breakfast Week. Experts say school breakfast is linked to improved nutrition, less absenteeism, and fewer disciplinary problems. Photo courtesy of USDA.

INDIANAPOLIS – It's National School Breakfast Week, and educational leaders are shining a light on programs that give Indiana children a healthy start to their day. Tim English, Midwest administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, says the School B ...Read More

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