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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Arizona

PHOTO: Arizona's energy-efficiency standard, which requires utilities to reduce their overall energy usage by 22 percent by the year 2020, could be removed if the Arizona Corporation Commission approves a proposal it's considering tomorrow. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Corporation Commission is scheduled to hear a proposal tomorrow that would basically end the mandatory energy-efficiency standards for utilities in the state. That's according to Diane Brown, executive director, Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). She says the ener...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court is taking action to uphold a lower court ruling that overturned Arizona's law preventing some young immigrants from getting drivers' licenses. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court is supporting a lower court ruling allowing young immigrants in Arizona to get driver's licenses. The high court refused to stay a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which overturned Arizona's denial of licenses to immigrants who have statu...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Arizona would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo courtesy of Cochise County, Ariz.

PHOENIX - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides Arizona and all 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 ...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Along with lights, trees and presents, the holiday season can be filled with stress, anxiety and even depression. As one antidote, experts recommend turning the focus to the kinds of gifts that money can't buy. Photo credit: City of Gaithersburg, Md.

PHOENIX – For Arizonans who have experienced losses, the less fortunate and everyday families overcome by stress, the holidays can be a challenging time. But experts say small changes can help people find the joy in the season. Psychotherapist Mary Michail sees the toll the holiday hustle ...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Arizonans can enroll for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act at events in Phoenix and Tucson on Saturday, as the first open-enrollment deadline is Monday. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Events are planned in Phoenix and Tucson on Saturday to enroll people in health-insurance coverage as the first Affordable Care Act deadline looms. Americans have until Monday to register for insurance if they want their policies to take effect Jan. 1. Esteban Camarena, an outreach...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: Arizona Department of Economic Services.

PHOENIX – The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children in Arizona and across the nation. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. Rebecca Ruffner, executive director of Preve...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been outspoken in his disgust with the CIA interrogation tactics used following the Sept. 11 attacks. He commented about the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Photo courtesy of Sen. McCain's office.

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain is among those condemning the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on some terrorist suspects following the Sept. 11 attacks. McCain, R-Ariz., was among several lawmakers who spoke on the Senate floor following the release Tuesday of a report from the Senate ...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: The holiday season means Arizonans are seeing multiple pitches to donate to charities. It's a good idea to do some research before hitting the donate button. Photo courtesy of Fairfax County, Virginia.

PHOENIX – Arizonans are being encouraged to be cautious when donating to nonprofit organizations this holiday season. Myriam Cruz, director of community relations at the Better Business Bureau Arizona, says people should do some homework before making a donation, and be wary of anyone asking...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

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