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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 - New Mexico

PHOTO: The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. At stake is whether millions of Americans, including thousands of New Mexicans, will still be able to receive federal subsidies to help with their health insurance costs. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A U.S. Supreme Court hearing Wednesday could have serious implications for thousands of New Mexicans receiving subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. In King v. Burwell, justices will decide whether federal health insurance subsidies in states using the federal exchange, lik...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: Delivery of electricity to homes and businesses in New Mexico is expected to remain stable as the state moves toward compliance with the EPA's Clean Power Plan, according to a new report. Photo courtesy U.S. Global Change Research Program.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A new report concludes that the reliability of electricity in New Mexico and across the nation isn't being be threatened as states move to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The report from the Analysis Group, a consulting firm, says despite som...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: After years of budget cuts, Congress is considering a proposed spending plan that could help pay for repairs to deteriorating trails and outdated visitor centers, as well as hiring more staff at Carlsbad Caverns and other national parks. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Carlsbad Caverns and other national parks could get some much-needed maintenance and additional staff if Congress approves a proposed budget under consideration. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is asking Congress to increase National Park Service funding by more than $400 million, ...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: The FCC is due to vote Thursday on proposed rules that would essentially reclassify the Internet and regulate it as if it were a utility, thereby ensuring net neutrality. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday could affect the Internet in New Mexico and across the nation. The five-member commission is considering rules that could regulate the Internet as a utility. Speaking earlier this month at the University of Colorado at ...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: Modernizing the formula used to measure poverty in America can help mitigate child poverty and improve the effectiveness of government safety net programs, such as tax credits and social security, concludes a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit letsmove.org

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The formula the federal government uses to measure poverty in the U.S. is outdated and should be modernized to better reflect the true picture of poverty in America. That's the finding of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Christine Hollis, Kids County director w...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: It's already estimated that smoking kills nearly a half-million people in this country each year, including thousands in New Mexico, but new research points to even more associated deaths. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously thought. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are 21 different causes of death attributed to smoking, with some 480,0...Read More

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PHOTO: Improving the well being of children in New Mexico and across the nation is the goal of legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo courtesy of Sen. Udall

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is sponsoring legislation he maintains will help the state overcome statistics such as having America's highest child poverty rate. Udall said his bill - called Saving Our Next Generation, or SONG - aims to improve the health and education of children b...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: Some farmers and ranchers in New Mexico and other drought-ravaged Western states are eligible for emergency government loans linked to the USDA declaring 256 counties natural disaster areas. Photo courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It may only be February, but several drought-ravaged counties in New Mexico and other Western states are already under a "primary natural disaster declaration." Val Dolcini, who heads the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, says the action opens up financial ass...Read More

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