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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

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PHOTO: A new coalition of venture capitalists has formed to encourage more protected public land. Its members say beautiful places with recreational opportunities are attracting entrepreneurs and skilled workers that boost local economies. Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

SAN FRANCISCO — There's a link between successful start-ups and the great outdoors - and members of a new national coalition say it's a profitable one that should be encouraged. Some of the investment and venture capital firms in the "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" are California ...Read More

PHOTO: Rice growing in a field. The California Air Resources Board is considering the state's first agricultural protocol for the cap and trade program. It would allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean-air goals. Photo credit: Matthew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rice farming in California is entering a new era. The Air Resources Board is considering a proposal to allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in the state's cap-and-trade market. The program will allow rice farmers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while creating new r ...Read More

PHOTO: The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for scammers. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a free, online resource guide so Californians can protect themselves from holiday scams. Photo credit: Batman2000/FeaturePics.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It may be the season of giving, but it's unfortunately the season of taking too. Whether it's an online shopping scam, gift card fraud or a fake charity asking for donations, AARP fraud expert Sally Hurme says always think twice before giving out personal information. "Whether ...Read More

PHOTO: Under a new health care proposal from a state Medicaid redesign group, Idaho would save $173 million over 10 years. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Health care coverage for about 78,000 Idahoans, and a savings to the state and its 44 counties of $173 million over 10 years. Those are the benefits calculated by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy in the new health care proposal from Governor Butch Otter's Medicaid Redesign Workgrou ...Read More

PHOTO: A packed courtroom hears closing arguments last week in San Francisco. The fate of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) now is in the hands of a judge who is deciding whether the school should lose its accreditation and close. Photo courtesy of California Federation of Teachers.
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SAN FRANCISCO - Eighty-thousand City College of San Francisco students are waiting to hear if their school will be shut down. A judge is deciding whether CCSF deserves to have its accreditation revoked. Student and single mother Bouchra Simmons said the school is the only option for her and many ot ...Read More

PHOTO: Idaho would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles, under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change would be providing i ...Read More

PHOTO: Small towns and communities in Montana have an economic stake in what happens to the Greater sage-grouse, according to Montana State Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point). Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

WOLF POINT, Mont. - There's cash in Montana's sagebrush that is quite lucrative for rural communities. Bureau of Land Management sagebrush landscapes in Montana and other Western states were connected to more than $1 billion in recreation and tourism spending last year, according to an economic rep ...Read More

PHOTO: Improving caregivers' ability to care for others is the purpose of a bill that Nevada lawmakers are expected to consider in the next legislative session, which starts in February. Photo courtesy of AARP.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada lawmakers are expected to consider the "Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act" in the legislative session that starts in February. Barry Gold, government relations director at AARP Nevada, said the bill would improve the ability of caregivers to care for others. "The CARE ...Read More

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