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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - Colorado

PHOTO: Off to the best possible start? Home-visiting programs for struggling families were pioneered in Colorado. Now, the Colorado Children's Campaign is among 14 state organizations, and 750 nationwide, asking that federal funding for these programs continue. Photo credit: S. Carson

DENVER - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations, including 14 in Colorado, has sent a letter asking t...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Scammers are finding plenty of ways to part unsuspecting shoppers from their money this season. Experts recommend using extra caution when making online purchases. Photo credit:

DENVER - While the holidays are a time of giving, experts say con artists are ready to take whatever they can from unsuspecting Coloradans. Whether consumers are shopping in person or online, said Amy Nofziger with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, scammers are getting smarter, and some of their bigges...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Colorado may have to return the $30 million collected so far from the tax on recreational marijuana because of the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR law. Photo credit: Meghan Barkley/Flickr.

DENVER - At least $30 million has been generated so far by Colorado's special tax on the sale of marijuana, but some "fine print" in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) law may force the state to refund the money marijuana sales have generated, instead of it going to schools. According to Propositi...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez Garcia's daughters recently visited Washington to fight against their father's deportation. Photo courtesy of Rev. Anne Dunlap

DENVER - Millions of immigrants nationwide are waiting to see if they qualify for President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents program, which was announced last month. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is among them. He has been in "sanctuary" at the First Unitarian Society of Denver for almost two months. ...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: The future of Colorado's water supply is at stake as Gov. Hickenlooper considers the draft of the Colorado Water Plan, delivered this week by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Photo credit: Adrian M. Glasenopp

DENVER - The Colorado Water Plan has been two years in the making by the state Water Conservation Board, and it's now in the hands of Governor John Hickenlooper. The governor received the draft Wednesday in a ceremony at the State Capitol. Nathan Fey, Colorado Stewardship Director with American Whit...Read More

Public News Service - CO

GRAPHIC: offers Coloradans the chance to better understand their current health coverage, or how to shop for new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Graphic courtesy of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

DENVER - Navigating the myriad of health insurance options can make anyone's eyes cross, particularly Coloradans who are new to insurance coverage. The new Covered U website, created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI), aims to help the state's newly-insured residents navigate how and...Read More

Public News Service - CO

Photo: Outfitters and recreation enthusiasts continue their fight for national monument status for Browns Canyon. Photo courtesy: Mason Cummings

BUENA VISTA, Col. - Browns Canyon has provided the gift of beauty and recreation for centuries - and now outdoor enthusiasts and others want to give the region the protection they believe it deserves. Keith Baker, executive director with the Friends of Browns Canyon, explains why they believe the a...Read More

Public News Service - CO

PHOTO: About two-thirds of the crude oil shipped by rail in the United States is transported in DOT-111 tank cars. A lawsuit alleges they aren't sturdy or safe enough for that purpose, and asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban their use for oil shipment. Photo credit: U.S. Federal Railroad Administration

DENVER - Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the department to ban...Read More

Public News Service - CO

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