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    PNS Daily News - June 30, 20160 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; holiday travelers brace for stepped up security at airports; Vermont's new GMO law changes labels in California and around the nation; and Yellowstone Park Rangers have some long holiday weekend advice.

Public News Service - Arizona

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years ...Read More

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Only one in three children attends preschool in Arizona, ranking the state 48th in that category in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book. (petrograd99/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Conditions for Arizona's children are slowly improving, but still have a long way to go, according to the annual Kids Count Data Book, which is out today. The study includes 16 different aspects of kids' lives in the 50 states, and ranks Arizona in 45th place this year, up one spot ...Read More

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A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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Advocates say a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut net-metering rates in Arizona could cripple the state’s rooftop solar power industry. (francis49/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Solar-power advocates say a new rate proposal by Arizona Public Service, if put into effect, could cripple the state's rooftop solar industry. The plan, now before the Arizona Corporation Commission, would cut the rate paid for excess solar energy fed back to the grid by 73 percent, effe...Read More

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The EPA has ordered two power plants in Utah to cut emissions that cause hazy pollution in national parks and wilderness areas, including Arizona’s Grand Canyon. (National Park Service)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two coal-fired power plants in central Utah to bring emissions up to federal clean air standards to protect national parks, including the Grand Canyon. The EPA acted in response to complaints from outdoor recreation companies in th...Read More

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APS has filed a rate case with the Arizona Corporation Commission which, if approved, could cost consumers more each month to pay their electric bills. (Futcher/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Consumer advocates are calling on Arizona regulatory officials to deny Arizona Public Service's request for an electric rate increase, and significant changes in how residential bills are calculated. The power company, which serves more than one million customers in Arizona, wants an almos...Read More

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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

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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

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