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    PNS Daily News - February 9, 20160 


    Our news today zeros-in on issues from around the nation including: It’s New Hampshire’s turn to select presidential candidates but not all voters are fully decided; some West Virginians sympathizing with the water woes of Flint, Michigan; and a go-to indicator may be mis-categorizing millions of Americans as unhealthy.

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The American Lung Association recently gave each of the 50 states a report card on their tobacco-control policies. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – When it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke, the American Lung Association gave Arizona high marks in a recent report. But in other key areas of tobacco control, such as smoking prevention, tobacco taxes and smoking cessation programs, the state has a lot of room to im ...Read More

In Colorado's last fiscal year, retail taxes on marijuana accounted for less than 1 percent of the state's overall income. (Hupu2/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – When voters in Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, a new industry emerged, along with a new state revenue stream. According to early estimates from the Colorado Legislative Council, the state brought in more than $77 million dollars in marijuana taxes last fiscal year. Alex ...Read More

A New Mexico judge's order has blocked a Roswell company from opening a horse slaughterhouse. (sgarton/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A state district judge's order has put an end in New Mexico to plans for the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The state and the Front Range Equine Rescue sued Valley Meat Company in Roswell in 2013 over its plans to slaughter horses and sell the meat overseas. Bruce Wagm ...Read More

A family is part of a recent Gay Pride parade. A Utah legislator wants to give heterosexual families preference over gays in adopting children in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah gay-rights group is fighting with a conservative state representative over proposed legislation that would give heterosexual couples preference in adoptions. State Rep. Kraig Power, a Republican from Heber City, is pushing the measure despite last year's Supreme Court decis ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on the effectiveness of their tobacco control policies (Maryhere/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas gets a failing grade for its statewide tobacco-control policies, according to the American Lung Association. The group rates states based on categories such as tobacco prevention and control, tobacco tax rates, smoke-free air and access to smoking-cessation services. JoAnna St ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it ...Read More

Federal Fish and Wildlife Service officials say two endangered Mexican wolves died during annual capture-and-count operations this year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

PHOENIX - Two endangered Mexican wolves were accidentally killed in January during federal wildlife officials' annual capture-and-count operations in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called a temporary halt to the counting program while officials determine what went wro ...Read More

Wildlife-conservation groups say proposed new rules for marine mammal parks could make the animals' lives worse, not better. (aconant/morguefile)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Wildlife groups are protesting new federal rules designed to improve conditions for captive marine mammals in places such as Sea World in San Antonio, saying the rule could weaken some existing protections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposal to further r ...Read More

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