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    PNS Daily News - July 29, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; protests are planned today at the office of a Minnesota dentist accused of illegally killing a protected lion named Cecil during a big game hunt in Zimbabwe; and a bipartisan deal in the Senate will likely extend funding for a program supporters say is critical for protecting America public lands; and we report on Generation Z’s impact on the workplace.

Public News Service - Southwest

PHOTO: Auto accidents have taken 144 lives in Arizona so far this year, a 35-percent increase over the same time period of last year. Photo of wreck on I-10 near Quartzite courtesy Arizona Department of Public Safety.

PHOENIX - Traffic deaths in Arizona are up 35 percent compared with the first half of last year, and the Department of Public Safety says it is cracking down on drivers to try to slow the trend. There were 144 traffic deaths on state and federal highways in Arizona during the first six months of 20 ...Read More

PHOTO: A new Colorado Health Foundation report shows an increasing number of clinics are adopting the medical home model, which aims to reduce costs and provide better care with a team approach that focuses on more than a person's medical needs. Photo credit: Brian Clark, courtesy of Colorado Health Foundation.

DENVER - Coloradans are embracing the "medical home" model for health-care delivery, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Foundation. In a medical home, the patient is the focus, and doctors - who traditionally play the "starring role" in clinics - become part of a team of professiona ...Read More

PHOTO: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is just two months from expiring, but a bipartisan deal in Congress could save it. In New Mexico, the program has helped create outdoor resources from city parks to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future appears positive for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal government program that in New Mexico has helped to create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A bipartisan deal recently reached in the Senate would extend ...Read More

PHOTO: A satellite image captures the spiral bands of Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston in 2008. Hurricane season is here, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents to be prepared. Historically, the most active months for storms are August and September. Photo courtesy of NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf. ...Read More

PHOTO: The Clean Air for Schools: Engines Off! program, focused on parents picking up children after school, reduced emissions from idling vehicles around participating schools by an average of 60 percent. Photo credit: Matthew Paul Argall/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – Results from last school year's Clean Air for Schools: Engines Off! program are in, and kids are breathing easier in Colorado. The program, now in its seventh year, helps reduce pollution from idling vehicles as parents wait to pick up their children after school. Kim Tyrrell, air qu ...Read More

PHOTO: Children who benefited from Medicaid expansion are more likely to have better health, get a good education and earn more money, according to a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families. Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Health.

SALT LAKE CITY – A report released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Medicaid has found the program improves a child's long-term health, education and economic success. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid. This week's ...Read More

PHOTO: The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and the EPA estimates Colorado can cut carbon pollution by 35 percent by 2030. Two new reports project lower electric bills for consumers, and cleaner air, if the state invests in renewable energy and increases efficiencies.

DENVER - According to two new reports, Colorado has the potential to reduce carbon pollution and help residents save money if state leaders make smart choices in implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The reports come from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from S ...Read More

PHOTO: When school cafeterias close for summer, thousands of children across Colorado lose an important resource for nutrition. According to a new report from Hunger Free Colorado, the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children program could remove most barriers between kids and food during summer vacation.

DENVER - Summertime means vacation for many kids, but when school cafeterias close, almost one in five children in Colorado become "food insecure" at risk of not having enough food. That's the conclusion of a report from Hunger Free Colorado, but there is a program designed to fill that hunger gap ...Read More

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