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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - Colorado

PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Obama. Photo credit: Chaser/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Wednesday marked Mitch McConnell's 100th day as Senate majority leader, and environmental leaders are giving the lawmaker from Kentucky and the rest of the 114th Congress a failing grade. They say the $700 billion invested by the energy sector to secure an industry-friendly agenda is paying...Read More

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PHOTO: The Internal Revenue Service (pictured) will not collect up to $600 billion from dozens of U.S. multinationals using tax havens, according to a new report. At the end of 2014, 304 Fortune 500 companies collectively held $2.15 trillion in countries such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. Photo courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.

DENVER - Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But as a new report shows, these name brand companies aren't alone. Matt Gardner, executive director with the Institute on Taxation and Public Po...Read More

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PHOTO: Workers plan to go on strike demanding living wages on tax day. Some employees have made gains in recent weeks when Walmart and McDonalds announced pay raises. Photo credit: Benjamin G. Robinson/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Colorado workers are planning a new round of protests for higher wages on tax day Wednesday. According to a new report from the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center, when jobs don't pay enough, workers turn to public assistance to meet their basic needs, costing U.S. taxpayers over $152 billion annu...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study of online records for just three states found fracking companies committed an average of two-and-a-half violations of drilling rules a day. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

DENVER - Fracking companies average more than two-and-a-half violations a day, according to a study of just a small portion of the public record. The Natural Resources Defense Council studied online reports for Colorado, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia covering five years. Report author Amy Mall,...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Food Research and Action Center finds that one-in-six American households said there were times they couldn't afford to buy food in 2014, many relied on community food banks such as the one above. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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DENVER - While Congress considers cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps, a new report by the Food Research and Action Center shows millions of Americans still are struggling to put food on the table. The study, "How Hungry is America?" found one-in-six American homes admitted there were t...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: A new report finds that some 600,000 Colorado workers in low-wage jobs, such as food preparation and retail, don't earn enough to rise above the federal poverty line, which shifts the cost of health-care coverage and other public assistance programs to taxpayers. Photo credit: Jocian/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The number of jobs that don't pay full-time workers enough to get by are on the rise in Colorado, according to a new report. About 600,000 Coloradans earn less than $12 an hour, a wage that would put a family of four just above the federal poverty line. Chris Stiffler, economist with the ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The Birth Certificate Modernization Act would streamline the process for changing the gender on a birth certificate, bringing Colorado up to date with federal policies. Graphic credit: Devin Murphy/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Changing your gender could get a whole lot easier in Colorado, at least on paper. Last week, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act cleared the House Health, Insurance and Environment committee. The new law would bring Colorado up to date with federal policies by streamlining the process ...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill that would make driving under the influence a felony on a fourth conviction is getting bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Photo Credit: Bev Sykes/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make a fourth DUI conviction a class-4 felony. The original proposal was amended after it became apparent how costly the measure would be for taxpayers. The new version cuts costs by a $1 million in the first year, and projections for three years ou...Read More

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