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    PNS Daily News - July 3, 20150 

    We’re covering issues from around the nation including: a multi-billion dollar settlement announced in the Deepwater Horizon spill; hunger impacting our veterans this Fourth of July; and a dangerous weekend predicted on America’s roadways.

Public News Service - Utah

GRAPHIC: To help improve the state's air quality, thousands of Utah residents are expected to drive less this month as part of the annual Clear the Air Challenge. Graphic courtesy Salt Lake Chamber.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah residents are being asked to drive less in July as part of the state's annual Clear the Air Challenge, which organizers say has helped stop thousands of tons of emissions from entering the atmosphere. Ryan Evans, vice president of business and community relations with th...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of consumers. Photo courtesy of

SALT LAKE CITY – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of people in Utah and around the country. Ed Mierzwinski, senior fellow with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), advoca...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: This photo, taken in the Cache Valley, shows what more Utah counties are facing in terms of ground-level ozone pollution. A new report says the BLM could get tougher on methane gas leaked from oil and gas development sites, which would help curb the ozone problem. Photo courtesy Utah State University.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah makes a "top five" list for amounts of natural gas being wasted by energy developers working on federal and tribal lands. A new report says oil and gas companies need to do a better job of repairing leaks and minimize venting and flaring at well sites, both to conserve ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

Photo: The EPA announced the carbon emissions from aircraft should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

SALT LAKE CITY – On average, 350 airplanes take off from Salt Lake City International Airport every day, and at this point their carbon emissions are unregulated by the federal government. But the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: A nonprofit organization in Utah is helping build temporary schools in several areas of earthquake-ravage Nepal. Photo courtesy of CHOICE Humanitarian.

WEST JORDAN, Utah - Utah-based CHOICE Humanitarian is helping to rebuild schools in Nepal following the massive earthquake and strong aftershock earlier this spring that killed more than 8,000 people. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck April 25 destroyed an estimated 4,500 schools, said Chris...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The Trans-Pacific Partnership has broad opposition from the AFL-CIO and other organizations, but Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he supports it, along with a provision to limit debate in Congress about the massive international trade agreement. Photo courtesy Office of U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling on Congress to approve Trade Promotion Authority, also called "fast-track," for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Herbert and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper sent a letter to Congress stressing that the TPP could boost th...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Reading during summer vacation is critical for students to maintain their academic skills and avoid what educators call summer brain drain. Photo credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SALT LAKE CITY – Parents in Utah and around the nation are encouraged to make sure their children read during summer vacation to avoid what educators call "brain drain." Dustin Fife, president of the Utah Library Association, says time away from studies can cause serious loss of academic skil...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Prescription medications are among the health care items many people in Utah still can't afford, according to a new report which looks at the impact of the cost of deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY – Today, more people in Utah than ever before have health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But a new report finds many people are still passing up routine medical care because they say they can't afford to use their plans. Ron Pollack is executive director of...Read More

Public News Service - UT

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