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    PNS Daily News - February 27, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; House Republicans vow the net neutrality fight is far from over; around the globe it’s a day to stand up against bullying; and a California group goes after the dog and cat meat trade.

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PHOTO: The Internet in Arizona and across the nation will be regulated as a utility if the FCC votes Thursday in support of proposed rules. Photo courtesy Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services.

PHOENIX - A vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday could affect the Internet in Arizona and across the nation. The five-member commission is considering rules that could regulate the Internet as a utility. Speaking earlier this month at the University of Colorado at Boulder, F ...Read More

PHOTO: After years of budget cuts, Congress is considering a proposed spending plan that could help pay for repairs to deteriorating trails and outdated visitor centers, as well as hiring more staff at Grand Canyon and other national parks. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Grand Canyon and other national parks could get some much-needed maintenance and additional staff if Congress approves a proposed budget currently under consideration. John Garder, budget and appropriations director for the National Parks Conservation Association ...Read More

PHOTO: Surprise medical bills stem from patients going to hospitals that are in-network under their insurance plans, while unaware that some or many of the physicians on staff are out-of-network. Photo credit: Parker Knight/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Legislation at the state Capitol aims to put an end to surprise medical bills, or so-called "balance billing," which has left a growing number of Texans facing a financial crisis while trying to recover from a health crisis for which they thought they were covered. Trey Berndt, a ...Read More

PHOTO: The Utah Senate approved the Healthy Utah plan Wednesday, and now the state House will consider a corresponding bill that would provide health care to thousands of Utah residents. Photo courtesy Utah State Law Library.

SALT LAKE CITY - Following passage in the state Senate on Wednesday, the Healthy Utah plan, which could provide health coverage for tens of thousands of Utah residents, now faces what some are calling an uphill battle in the House. Representative Ed Redd (R-Logan) is a physician and supports Health ...Read More

PHOTO: After $3.77 billion was spent on political ads in the last midterm elections, legislation that passed the Colorado Senate to shield small donors from scrutiny, and a recently approved super-PAC, are coming under fire from watchdog groups. Photo credit: Jericho/Wikimedia Commons

DENVER - Following the money in politics might become harder in Colorado. On Tuesday, the state Senate approved a bill critics claim would make political donations less transparent. Its backers say smaller groups shouldn't be subject to the same filing requirements as larger advocacy groups, but Co ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas has the country's sixth-highest number of workers in the solar industry at nearly 7,000, according to the latest National Solar Jobs Census. Photo credit: Paul Sableman/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - The sun is shining a bit brighter on the solar industry in the Lone Star State, as the latest analysis shows the state continues to gain jobs in that market. Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, says the number of solar energy-related jobs in Texa ...Read More

PHOTO: Business, faith and community groups say legislation scheduled this week in a Colorado House committee would pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against others who don't share their religious views. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders and community groups is urging lawmakers to oppose legislation the coalition says will legalize discrimination in the state. House Bills 1161 and 1171 would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to follow any law that goes ...Read More

PHOTO: The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating and the conditions can lead to serious health problems and even death if untreated. Photo credit: Charlotte Astrid/Flickr.

BUFFALO GAP, Texas – Like many other conditions, when it comes to eating disorders, early intervention is key to recovery for those struggling with these potentially life-threatening problems. Camela Balcomb, executive director of the ...Read More

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