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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - Utah

PHOTO: No longer a scary sight? Utah's economy may benefit from lower gas prices, but climate and air quality may take a hit if Americans are driving more. Photo courtesy of Calif. Environmental Protection Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY - Low gas prices may be helping the economy by giving Americans some extra money in their pockets, but they may also have an unfortunate side effect. More driving means worse air quality, in Utah and across the nation, according to Dr. Brian Moench, president with Utah Physicians for...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Utah would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo courtesy of Utah State Court System.

SALT LAKE CITY - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides Utah and all states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change would...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The holiday season means people in Utah are seeing multiple pitches to donate to charities. It's a good idea to do some research before hitting the "donate" button. Photo credit: City of Baltimore, Md.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahans are being encouraged to be cautious when donating to nonprofit organizations this holiday season. Jane Driggs, CEO of the Better Business Bureau Utah, says people should do some homework before making a donation, and be wary of anyone asking for money over the phone o...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Young families don't always have a lot to smile about. Those who are struggling may benefit from home-visiting services, and a number of Utah organizations want to make sure Congress renews funding for these programs. Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children in Utah and across the nation. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March unless Congress takes action. Trina Taylor, executive director of Prevent Child A...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The Community Foundation of Utah is joining about 700 colleague organizations nationwide in celebrating a century since the first community foundation was started in Cleveland. Photo credit: Utah Office of Tourism.

SALT LAKE CITY - Community foundations in Utah and across the nation have been helping their communities since the first one was founded a century ago in Cleveland. Earlier this month, President Obama recognized the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation. Fraser Nelson, executive direc...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Getting more people in Utah's Hispanic community insured through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the goal of several organizations in the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

SALT LAKE CITY - There's a growing focus by some Utah organizations to reach out to the state's Hispanic population in hopes of increasing their health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Randal Serr, director with Take Care Utah, which helps enroll people in the ACA, says his organi...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Green River area are likely to have an audience this weekend as the animals become less concerned with humans and more interested in reproducing. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

GREEN RIVER, Utah - People in Utah interested in getting a closer look at the elusive Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep may have no better opportunity than Saturday in Green River. Mark Hadley, public information officer with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says people from across the state will...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: #GivingTuesday is meant to balance out the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by calling on Utahns to give back to their communities. Photo credit: #GivingTuesday.org.

SALT LAKE CITY - Part of today's #GivingTuesday effort in Utah is calling on residents to support their local communities, particularly in the wake of the massive consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Utah AIDS Foundation is one of several nonprofits in the state partnering on #GivingTu...Read More

Public News Service - UT

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