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    PNS Daily News - May 27, 20160 


    Donald Trump says he now has the delegates to lock up the GOP presidential nomination, a move is underway in Florida to give non-violent felons the right to vote, and as we begin the Memorial Day weekend, we look at one of the best place for America’s veterans to retire.

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Arizona is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (tzahiv/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are hearing a firestorm of criticism over joining a lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Arizona, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender ...Read More

Texas is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are seeing a firestorm of criticism over their lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Texas, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender s ...Read More

Arizona voters have approved a measure to provide $3.5 billion in school funds over the next decade, but advocates say much more money is needed to hire teachers, buy books and fix buildings. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona voters narrowly approved Proposition 123 last week, which will provide inflationary funding for schools for the next decade. The same group that got that $3.5 billion funding package approved say there is a lot more work to do to bring the state's schools up to par. The group wants ...Read More

Now that drugs normally used for lethal injections are unavailable, Utah could carry out future  executions using a firing squad. (zerbor/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - With the drugs most commonly used for lethal injections no longer available, the state of Utah may revert to carrying out death sentences with a firing squad. The state has used lethal injection for most of its executions since 1977, but firing squads have remained an option in some ...Read More

Senate Bill 203, passed in the recent legislative session, will require stronger oversight over tax expenditures. (Pixabay)

DENVER - A new law requiring stronger oversight over tax expenditures is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. Colorado has close to 200 tax credits, deductions and exemptions that account for more than $4.6 billion in spending annually. Ali Mickelson, director of tax and legislative policy for ...Read More

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i ...Read More

USDA inspectors found numerous small animals, often diseased or dead, kept in filthy cages at the Holmes Farm facility in Pennsylvania in January. (PETA photo)

PHOENIX - An animal-rights group is demanding that an Arizona-based pet supply chain, PetSmart, stop selling animals obtained from a breeding farm that is under federal investigation for cruelty. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released last week found numerous violations of federal ...Read More

A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling means school districts will have to wait until the 2017 legislative session for any changes to the state's school funding plan. (morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Teachers and other educators are raising concerns that a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on the state's school funding system lets the Legislature off the hook for fixing it. The state's high court found the system to be flawed but constitutional, leaving no mandate for state law ...Read More

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