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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - New Hampshire

PHOTO: The EPA holds hearing today on smog pollution and advocates say the updated regulations could impact more than 100,000 in the Granite State who suffer from asthma. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

CONCORD, N.H. – It's an issue that impacts more than 100,000 Granite Staters that suffer from asthma and tens of thousands more. At issue is how the nation should update standards for smog pollution, otherwise known as ground-level ozone. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of America...Read More

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PHOTO: Lawmakers will hold a hearing this week on a measure that would repeal the state's involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Opponents say the measure threatens progress the state has made in curbing harmful carbon pollution. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

CONCORD, N.H. – It's lofty goal for some states – a reduction of carbon pollution of 32 percent by 2030 under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, but the Granite State is already ahead of the curve. State Rep. Bob Backus of Manchester says New Hampshire had a ...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: New Hampshire's smoking-prevention efforts trail almost every other state, ranking 48th in the nation for the amount it spends on prevention and cessation programs, according to a new report. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

CONCORD, N.H. – The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has New Hampshire ranked 48th in the nation. John Schachter, director of communications with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the Granite State will take in $258 million in tobacco t...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: The April 15 income tax filing deadline will be here before many New Hampshire wage earners  know it, which is why experts say a little preparation now will make tax time less stressful. Photo credit: M. Scheerer

NASHUA, N.H. – As January gets under way, tax experts say a little time spent in the next few days preparing for the tax season will pay off in the months ahead. Luis Garcia, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, says now is the time to make sure you know where all your important tax...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: Consumer advocates warn scam artists are adding a new twist in phone calls to New Hampshire to try to get consumers to give up personal tax identification numbers. Credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. – If you think scam artists take time off during the holidays, think again. Local consumer advocates warn that scammers have added a new twist to an ongoing tax ID scam. Norma Boyce, a volunteer fraud fighter with AARP New Hampshire, says the scam involves a one-two punch. ...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: The other side to low prices at the gas pump could be an increase in climate and air quality concerns in the Granite State. Credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. - Low gas prices are likely to give the economy a boost by giving Americans some extra money in their pockets, but there is a flip-side to that good news. Catherine Corkery, chapter director with the New Hampshire Sierra Club says if cheap gas means more folks behind the wheel, it wil...Read More

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PHOTO: Record increases in heroin and opiate abuse have had wide-ranging effects on New Hampshire families in 2014. Photo credit: Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons.

CONCORD, N.H. – The numbers tell the story. In the past decade, the Granite State has seen a 90 percent increase in people seeking state-funded treatment for heroin abuse, and a fivefold increase for prescription opiate abuse. Carol Sobelson, a clinical social worker and board member with ...Read More

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PHOTO: The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is one of 10,000 nonprofits and organizations worldwide participating in #GivingTuesday. You can get involved by making a donation or just spreading the word. Credit: from GivingTuesday.org

CONCORD, N.H. - It's a global day dedicated to giving back, and New Hampshire nonprofits are among the 10,000 organizations worldwide that will take part tomorrow in Giving Tuesday. Julie Eades, president with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, says the day was started to balance out all the sho...Read More

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