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    PNS Daily Newscast - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016Topping the news today: 0 


    Topping the news today: Voters in Oregon will be asked if they want to raise taxes on huge corporations to pay for schools, health care and senior services. Also out West, protestors are rallying against fracking, and Comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial.

Public News Service - Arizona

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i...Read More

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USDA inspectors found numerous small animals, often diseased or dead, kept in filthy cages at the Holmes Farm facility in Pennsylvania in January. (PETA photo)

PHOENIX - An animal-rights group is demanding that an Arizona-based pet supply chain, PetSmart, stop selling animals obtained from a breeding farm that is under federal investigation for cruelty. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released last week found numerous violations of federal...Read More

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A new report says that since 2008, Arizona leads the nation in both state funding cuts and tuition increases for higher education. (Pixabay)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona continues to lead the nation - by a wide margin - in funding cuts for higher education, according to a new report. The report, from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said deep cuts in funding by the Arizona Legislature have prompted tuition increases at state schoo...Read More

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Several bills passed by the Arizona Legislature were aimed at regulating women's access to reproductive health care. (SelectStock/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Women's health and reproductive rights took some hits during the recent session of the Arizona Legislature, but pro-choice interests won on at least one major issue. Legislators were forced to reverse a measure designed to require doctors to use outdated guidelines in dispensing abortion...Read More

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Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in Arizona and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry condition. (toa55/iStockphoto)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizonans recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Arizo...Read More

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The Arizona Legislature reversed an earlier vote and reinstated the KidsCare health insurance program last week. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Under intense political pressure from all directions, the Arizona Legislature reversed itself late last week and reinstated the state's Children's Health Insurance Program. The KidsCare bill, which was signed immediately by Gov. Doug Ducey, passed when 14 Republicans in the House and fiv...Read More

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Backers of the KidsCare program rally in front of the State Capitol in April. The Arizona Legislature failed to renew the program. (Children's Action Alliance)

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature has failed to renew the KidsCare program, leaving more than 30,000 of the state's poorest children without access to basic health care. Even though the federal government would have paid for the program through at least 2017, Republican leaders blocked it, s...Read More

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The ancient Petrified Forest near Holbrook is one of Arizona's iconic national parks. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - A coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community leaders is asking for more representation for all Americans in national parks and other public lands. The groups are using the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service to start a change.org petit...Read More

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