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    PNS Daily News - October 8, 20150 

    In our coast to coast coverage today we’re highlighting several stories including: President Obama apologizing for a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan, the death penalty is facing a challenge in Montana, and those with serious student loan debt could see some help in Wisconsin.

Public News Service - Arizona

Forest fire. Credit: ellend1022/iStock

PHOENIX - Massive wildfires raged across the western United States this summer, killing people and devastating entire towns. Six new projects announced today are designed to help Arizona avoid that same fate. It's part of the two-day Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy Conference in Scottsdale, attend...Read More

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Plaintiffs in the case against SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, will appeal a ruling that upheld a notorious provision of the law. Credit: Bluegame/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – The legal fight continues against Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. Plaintiffs announced Monday they will appeal a judge's ruling from last month that upheld the so-called "show me your papers" provision of the law. Victor Viramontes, national s...Read More

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The state of Arizona says the fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are safe to eat, removing a decades-old consumption advisory. Credit: Apollob66/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – For the first time in decades, fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are now safe to eat. That's according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which lifted a fish consumption advisory that had been in place for 24 years, mainly because farmers phased out toxic p...Read More

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A new study ranks Arizona the third worst state in the nation to be a teacher. Credit: Shironosov/iStockPhoto.

PHOENIX – Arizona ranks third worst in the nation for teachers, according to a new study released Monday. The report from WalletHub crunched the numbers for all 50 states plus Washington D.C., and found that Arizona ranks 49th overall – sitting in the bottom three for salary and student...Read More

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Experts from around the country are in Phoenix to talk about juvenile justice reform. Credit: jodylehigh/

PHOENIX - You don't have to lock kids up to reduce juvenile crime. It's a change in thinking that's spread across the country with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, referred to as JDAI. Professionals who work with young people are in Phoenix this week to discuss the successes of the ...Read More

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Climate activists in Arizona are cheering Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., hoping it will inspire action on the issue. Credit: Nicolo Campo/iStock

PHOENIX - Today, as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, a group of religious leaders in Arizona is pressing America's leaders to take the pope's call to action on climate change to heart. The pontiff released an encyclical in June that called climate change a global problem with gr...Read More

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Arizona is marking National Voter Registration Day with registration events across the state, including at Arizona State University in Tempe. Credit: Kristine Kisky/Morguefile.

TEMPE, Ariz. – Today marks National Voter Registration Day, and civic groups are holding registration drives in libraries and schools across the state, including at Arizona State University in Tempe. Shirley Sandelands, president of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, says it's crucial to ...Read More

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Pro-immigration groups are celebrating Citizenship Day with a forum in Phoenix to encourage legal permanent residents to become citizens. Credit: juanmonino/iStock

PHOENIX – Today is National Citizenship Day, also known as Constitution Day – and immigrants-rights supporters in Arizona are celebrating by helping more eligible people become citizens. The labor union Unite Here Local 631 is holding a community forum in Phoenix tonight where new U.S....Read More

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