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    PNS Daily News - July 3, 20150 


    We’re covering issues from around the nation including: a multi-billion dollar settlement announced in the Deepwater Horizon spill; hunger impacting our veterans this Fourth of July; and a dangerous weekend predicted on America’s roadways.

Public News Service - Colorado

PHOTO: This holiday weekend and beyond, state agencies and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals remind pet owners to keep them safe from fireworks and out of hot vehicles. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

DENVER - It's the Fourth of July weekend, and that means picnics, barbecues, and of course, fireworks. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging pet owners to celebrate safely this year. Tina Wismer, a veterinarian with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruel...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Colorado is poised to play a major role in U.S. efforts to address climate change. According to a new report, the state could cut carbon dioxide pollution that is equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure in the next decade. Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - By fully implementing policies already enacted at the local, state, and federal levels, the nation can reduce global-warming pollution by 27 percent below 2005 levels in the next decade. That's the finding of a new report by Environment America and the Frontier Group. Dickey-Lee Hullingho...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court sent the EPA's first-ever national limits on mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants back to a lower court for review. The Court found the agency should have considered costs to industry earlier in the rule-making process. Photo credit: Peter Kratochvil/PublicDomainPictures.net.

DENVER – On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to properly consider costs to industry early in the rule-making process when trying to limit toxic heavy metal pollution from power plants. The EPA's new rules regulating oil- and coal-fired powe...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King vs. Burwell upholds health-care tax credits in states using the federal health insurance marketplace. Consumer advocates are celebrating the decision, and say a ruling against tax credits could have led to destabilization of the insurance market nationwide. Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.

DENVER - The 6-3 ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court's King vs. Burwell case puts an end to the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The plaintiff in the case, David King, argued tax credits can only go to people in states, including Colorado, that established their own marketplaces. If the co...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Every year, oil and gas development on public and tribal lands leads to the release of more than $360 million worth of natural gas into the environment, according to new analysis commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy.

DENVER - Oil and gas companies operating on public and tribal lands are squandering $360 million a year in natural gas, according to a new analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund. Bill Midcap, director of external affairs for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, said the amount of oil and ...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: A coalition of more than 60 organizations sent a letter calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to remove provisions in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Beau Giles/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would take awa...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Colorado's economic forecast last week was strong enough to trigger a permanent Earned Income Tax Credit, thanks to a state law passed in 2013. The benefit will impact 177,000 working fathers in the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Office of Family Assistance

DENVER – Working dads got an unexpected Father's Day gift this year, and for years to come. Thanks to a Colorado law that sets a threshold for money collected by the state, a permanent statewide Earned Income Tax Credit was triggered on Friday. Ali Mickelson, director of tax and legislativ...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: A Colorado landmark that provided a safe-haven vacation site to blacks during segregation received national recognition this week. Winks Lodge hosted middle-class families as well as noted artists such as Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Summertime means vacation for a lot of Coloradans. If you've got the cash, you can go anywhere you like. But that hasn't always been true for all of the state's residents. During the last 40 years of segregation, if you were black there weren't many options - but you could take a vacation ...Read More

Public News Service - CO

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