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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: A new public awareness campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group is asking the famous "Golden Arches" of McDonald's to stop using meat raised with antibiotics. Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new campaign has been launched urging the largest restaurant chain in the nation to stop purchasing meat that's been raised with antibiotics. Pamela Clough, campaign coordinator with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)'s Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics initiative, say...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: A new study that discounts the health implications of eating too much salt is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many in the medical world. Photo credit: Dubravko Soric/Flickr.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Concerns are being raised by a number of health organizations and physicians over new research that downplays the link between high sodium consumption and health problems. The study found no association between salt intake and risk of heart failure or mortality among the e...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is sharing more details about his pledge to create a "state of educational excellence," which advocates say must include expanding access to quality early childhood programs. Photo credit: Chris Parfitt/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton has vowed to make Minnesota a "state of educational excellence," and more than 800 leaders and advocates for children and youth will gather in St. Paul today to discuss ways to do that. An educated workforce is vital to the state's economic future, said Denise May...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: AARP Minnesota State Director Will Phillips (at podium) joined lawmakers to introduce a proposal to eliminate state income taxes on Social Security benefits. Photo credit: Seth Boffeli.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the economy growing stronger and a big budget surplus, tax reform is high on the docket at the State Legislature this session, including a proposal to eliminate income taxes on Social Security benefits. Currently, Minnesota is one of just seven states where Social Security i...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a $100 million expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which would increase the number of eligible families from 38,000 to 130,000. Photo courtesy Gov. Dayton's office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some help with covering the cost of child care could be coming for many of Minnesota's middle-class working families. A proposal unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton would expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to extend eligibility to 92,000 more families. Among the supp...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Filing annual income taxes is one of the most important financial transactions for Minnesotans, and the IRS reminds taxpayers it's crucial to be wise when choosing a tax preparer. Photo credit: Tax Credits/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins processing tax returns Tuesday, the agency offers a word of caution for those who will seek help from a paid professional. IRS spokesman Mark Hanson says most preparers are knowledgeable and trustworthy, but sometimes taxpayers can be m...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Homeowners across Minnesota are being urged to take action this month by testing for radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Photo credit: Scott feldstein/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It really is a matter of out of sight, out of mind, but radon is a deadly danger in many homes across the state and the message on the importance of testing is clear. Dan Tranter, supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Health, says the radioactive gas is the second leadi...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Time is running out for Minnesota farmers and ranchers to voice their concerns on how the Conservation Stewardship Program is set to operate for the next five years. Photo credit: m01229/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's an opportunity that only comes along once every five years, so as the public comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) nears an end, Minnesota farmers and ranchers are being urged to make their voices heard. The program offers payments for actively m...Read More

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