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    PNS Daily News - March 3, 20150 

    Today’s news features stories from coast to coast including: the Supreme Court to decide the fate of Obamacare subsidies; oil transport issues front and center in the west; and research points to one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict.

Public News Service - Connecticut

PHOTO: The first Monday in March kicks off with winter weather advisories for much of the state, and many Connecticut homeless shelters are already over capacity. Credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - March arrived with winter advisories for much of the state. Still the month promises to bring warmer temperatures, and few are more relieved than the volunteers and workers at shelters, nonprofits and government agencies who have been in overdrive helping the homeless. State off...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A more modern method of calculating child poverty rates is outlined in a new Annie E. Casey Report. It says when social safety-net programs are factored in, 94,000 fewer Connecticut children are living below the federal poverty line. Photo courtesy Connecticut Assn. for Human Services.

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's being called a better index for measuring poverty in Connecticut and the nation because it takes into account the impact of of anti-poverty programs and regional cost differences. The new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the government's poverty index was created ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A new report says Connecticut residents should not worry about reliability of the power grid as the state adopts the EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commmons.

HARTFORD, Conn. – It won't be a problem keeping the lights on as Connecticut adopts the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to a new report by a Boston consulting firm that focuses on reliability. Sharon Reishus is an energy industry analyst based in New Engla...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Advocates say Gov. Dannel Malloy's new budget will double the share cost for caregivers help for at risk seniors. Courtesy AARP/Istockphoto/Alexis Rathis

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy unveiled his new $40 billion budget on Wednesday, and advocates say it spells bad news for caregivers and the frail Connecticut seniors who need them. Claudio Gualtieri, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Connecticut, says the budget will doubl...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: More than 800 Connecticut schools offer breakfast to students, often from "grab-and-go" rolling carts in the hallways. Photo courtesy Hoquiam School District, Washington.

HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 11 million low-income children nationwide are participating in free breakfast programs on the average day, according to a new report that found that more than 800 Connecticut schools were part of that effort in the last school year. The report from the Food Research and ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: It is a tough time of year for biking, but a new challenge from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation could make streets safer for all in Connecticut. Credit: K. Kennedy

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's a call for safer streets from the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation to mayors and elected officials nationwide and local advocates say Connecticut needs to move to the forefront. It's called the Mayor's Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, and Kelly Ken...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: The EPA is seeking public comment on new smog pollution standards that health experts say could help Connecticut reduce its number of dangerous, high ozone days. Ozone is a byproduct of tailpipe and industry emissions. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - People in Connecticut have a chance to sound off about federal efforts to reduce ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog. The Environmental Protection Agency says it's a dangerous air pollutant and is proposing updated smog prevention standards. Ed Miller, senior vice preside...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A new national report says Connecticut's smoking-prevention efforts lag behind many states, ranking it 29th in the nation for the amount spent on prevention and cessation programs. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Connecticut ranked 29th in the nation. John Schachter, director of communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says Connecticut will take in more than a half-billion dollars ...Read More

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