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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Public News Service - Southwest

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of activists from across the U.S. gathered in D.C. in support of the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. Photo credit: Bomazi/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Colorado clean-air advocates gathered in the nation's capital this week to urge Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House to put the health of children and the planet above polluters. Last year, the EPA announced the first-ever standards to reduce carbon pollution ...Read More

PHOTO: The CDC reports only one new strain of rabies has been discovered in the U.S. this past decade, that is until a woman in Lincoln County was attacked by fox with rabies last month. Photo credit U.S. Department of Defense.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new strain of rabies is on the books after a fox attacked a woman in Lincoln County last month. Dr. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, says brain tissue from the fox was sent to the CDC in Atlanta for analysis, which showed the a ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent statewide survey found a strong majority of Texas voters believe discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem. Photo credit: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll commissioned by the organization Texas Wins. Kevin Nix, communications director for Texas Wins, says while Texas lawmakers introd ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study finds more workers can't afford to live in Denver, and says Colorado needs less growth in low-paying jobs and more that pay enough for workers to make ends meet and contribute to the local economy. Photo credit: Anne Hornyak/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - A restaurant dishwasher would have to clock 61 hours a week to afford to live in the Mile High City. Things aren't much better for housekeepers, who'd need to put in 59 hours - or janitors, who'd need to work 51 hours a week, according to a new Colorado Fiscal Institute study of wages versu ...Read More

PHOTO: Approximately 14 percent of Arizona children who have been removed from their families are living in institutions or group homes, rather than foster homes or with a family member, according to a new report. Photo credit: Montana Department of Justice.

PHOENIX - Hundreds of children in Arizona are living in group homes or treatment facilities, rather than in a family environment. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found in a recent year, 14 percent of the 14,000 children in the state's care were not living with a foster family or a r ...Read More

PHOTO: The Colorado Department of Human Services recognized four families for their dedication to Colorado's foster kids and commitment to providing a safe home for children. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

DENVER - Four families were honored at the Governor's Mansion over the weekend for their contributions as foster parents to Colorado kids: Jennifer and Alex Rodriguez from Roggen; Kim and Jesse Moses from Calhan; Julie Ellis and Malibu James from Aurora; and Kurt and Jennifer Walker from Windsor. ...Read More

PHOTO: Critics of SB 1628 say consumers are being squeezed out in a legal fight between the insurance industry and trial lawyers over the payment of claims dealing with hail-damaged roofs and other storm-related losses. Image courtesy of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

AUSTIN, Texas - A bill making its way through the Texas Legislature would eliminate penalties for insurance companies when they're late paying claims. The author of SB 1628, Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), says it would stop what he terms "lawsuit abuse by storm-chasing trial lawyers." Taylor ...Read More

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