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    PNS Daily News - January 26, 20150 

    Today’s news highlights stories on variety of issues including: a major Nor’easter targeting the East Coast; a CIA whistleblower faces jail time; paid sick time on the table for legislators in Washington; and some say a new study on sodium should be taken with a grain of salt.

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PHOTO: After 15 years, there's new leadership at AARP Montana. Former state director Bob Bartholomew retired and Tim Summers has been named the new director. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HELENA, Mont. - A new legislative session and a new director at AARP Montana. Tim Summers is taking the helm of the group that champions issues for older Montanans. Summers says Montana has a senior population that's growing faster than almost any other state in the nation, and there are some top is ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers who want the ability to accrue paid sick leave say in many of their jobs, coming to work ill isn't only uncomfortable; it also jeopardizes customers' health. Photo credit: joyt/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A paid day off when a worker or their child is ill isn't an option for about one million people in Washington whose employers don't offer them the ability to accrue hours of sick leave. Today in Olympia, a House committee examines legislation to change that. The idea of paid time ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy recommends that tax breaks, which will cost the state $2.4 billion this year, be reviewed on a regular basis. Chart courtesy of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy.

BOISE, Idaho - The 136 tax breaks on the books in Idaho should be reviewed, according to a new report. Using state numbers, the study from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy estimated that $2.4 billion in tax breaks will be granted this year. Center director Lauren Necochea said many other states a ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon's minimum wage may be higher than most states, but it still isn't enough to support a family. That's the premise of a Saturday 'Living Wage Rally' in Salem. Opponents of raising it say the minimum wage was never intended to support a family. Image credit: mybaitshop/

SALEM, Ore. - Taking a day off isn't something many of Oregon's low-wage workers can afford to do. But some say they can't afford not to weigh in on the living-wage debate in Salem. At noon on Saturday, a diverse group is expected to rally on the Statehouse steps in support of a minimum wage of $15 ...Read More

PHOTO: A "Get Loud for the Clouds" rally will greet President Obama in Boise today when he arrives to speak at Boise State University, by those who want him to designation a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. Photo credit: Fredlyfish4, English language Wikipedia.

BOISE, Idaho - Several rallies and demonstrations are planned today in Boise as President Obama speaks on the Boise State University campus. One of those events is "Get Loud for the Clouds," organized by those who want the president to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. "It wou ...Read More

PHOTO: Last weekend's oil spill along the Yellowstone River appears to be similar in size to the 2011 spill pictured here, which also affected the Yellowstone River. This spill took months to clean and cost $135 million, but cleanup efforts for the current spill have been hampered because of the frozen river and wintertime conditions. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

GLENDIVE, Mont. - An oil pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River last weekend still is being assessed, but a Bridger Pipeline company spokesman says it's estimated that about 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude spilled into the water upstream of Glendive. Dena Hoff, a member of the Northern Plains Reso ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana Legislative committees are taking up three bills that would encourage more local renewable-energy installations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. - Montana Senate and House committees are holding hearings on bills this week that deal with renewable-energy generation at homes and businesses. The bills have bipartisan sponsors, led by Bozeman's Senator Mike Phillips (D) and Representative Art Wittich (R). Sen. Phillips says the l ...Read More

PHOTO: Student Sarai Lopez works with Whitman College astronomy professor Andrea Dobson to prepare a high altitude weather balloon for its inaugural launch. In the background, students Cynthia Montalvo and Cynthia Macias talk with Garrison Middle School science teacher Sue Parrish. Photo courtesy of FORWARD Space Project.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - To make the point that after-school programs that teach technology are paying off for kids, a group of high school students will bring a science project to Olympia on Wednesday. The young women, all Latinas, are from the Walla Walla School District, where they've been collaborating ...Read More

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