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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 

    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - Arizona

PHOTO: The Internet in Arizona and across the nation will be regulated as a utility if the FCC votes Thursday in support of proposed rules. Photo courtesy Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services.

PHOENIX - A vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday could affect the Internet in Arizona and across the nation. The five-member commission is considering rules that could regulate the Internet as a utility. Speaking earlier this month at the University of Colorado at Boulder, F...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: After years of budget cuts, Congress is considering a proposed spending plan that could help pay for repairs to deteriorating trails and outdated visitor centers, as well as hiring more staff at Grand Canyon and other national parks. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Grand Canyon and other national parks could get some much-needed maintenance and additional staff if Congress approves a proposed budget currently under consideration. John Garder, budget and appropriations director for the National Parks Conservation Association...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Modernizing the formula used to measure poverty in America can help mitigate child poverty and improve the effectiveness of government safety net programs, such as tax credits and social security, concludes a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit Arizona Department of Health Services.

PHOENIX - The formula the federal government uses to measure poverty in the U.S. is outdated and should be modernized to better reflect the true picture of poverty in America. That's the finding of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Joshua Oehler, research associate with the Childre...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: It's already estimated that smoking kills nearly a half-million people in this country each year, including thousands in Arizona, but new research points to even more associated deaths. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PHOENIX – While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously thought. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are 21 different causes of death attributed to smoking, with some 480,000 de...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: More than 200,000 people in Arizona signed up or re-enrolled for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act's most recent Open Enrollment period, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

PHOENIX – Some 204,187 people in Arizona signed up for a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act during the Open Enrollment period that ended Feb. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Stan Williams, Arizona organizing director for Enroll Amer...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: A Texas court ruling is temporarily halting immigration programs that President Obama created through executive action. Photo courtesy of

PHOENIX - A court order has blocked President Obama's immigration programs that could allow several million undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily - but an Arizona State law professor says the court decision lacks the legal standing to cause permanent interruption. Paul ...Read More

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PHOTO: Some farmers and ranchers in Arizona and other drought-ravaged western states are eligible for emergency government loans linked to the USDA declaring 256 counties as natural disaster areas. Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX - It may only be February, but several drought-ravaged counties in Arizona and other Western states already are under a "primary natural disaster declaration." Val Dolcini, administrator for the Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, says the action opens up financial assista...Read More

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PHOTO: More students in Arizona are participating in the School Breakfast Program, according to a new report. Photo courtesy

PHOENIX - More school students in Arizona are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast. New research from the Food Research and Action Center shows that more than 252,000 students were part of the School Breakfast Program during the last school year, which is four percent more than the previou...Read More

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