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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.

Public News Service - Utah

PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting legislation at all levels of government that would provide protections in housing, employment and other areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Among the LDS church leaders who spoke at a new...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Air pollution that can affect Utah's economy and the health of its residents is one of the many issues state lawmakers will consider during the 2015 Legislative Session, now underway. Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Health.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's air-quality challenges are among the issues state lawmakers will consider during this year's legislative session, which started Monday. Representative Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) is the co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, which is focused on passing legi...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Utahns are being encouraged to file their taxes as soon as possible, in order to reduce the opportunity of taxpayer identify theft. Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Retirement Systems.

SALT LAKE CITY – Tax time in Utah and around the nation can mean more opportunity for those who steal income tax refunds through identify theft and other means. Laura Polacheck, communications director at AARP Utah, says in recognition of this being Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, her org...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast-food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.

SALT LAKE CITY – The company known for its Golden Arches is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated that nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than...Read More

Public News Service - UT

GRAPHIC: People and organizations around the U.S. are planning events today, to mark the fifth anniversary of a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that increased some political campaign donation limits. Image courtesy of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

SALT LAKE CITY - Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. Stephen Spaulding, policy counsel ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The Colorado River means millions of jobs and billions of dollars to Utah's economy each year, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Utah Department of Transportation.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's economy and the Colorado River are linked to the point that one may not exist without the other. That's according to a new study from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. It concludes that the river contributed over 900,000 jobs and nearly $70 bill...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Rural Utah could have some of the fastest Internet speeds anywhere, should President Obama take executive action to expand access to broadband Internet in rural America. Photo courtesy of the White House.

SALT LAKE CITY - President Obama says he plans on taking executive action that will lead to the highest-possible Internet speed being available in rural Utah, and in cities and towns across the nation. During a speech on Wednesday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the president pointed out that the city of abo...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill has prompted federal agencies to update their oil-spill preparation and response rules. The EPA is asking the public to weigh in on the proposal. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

SALT LAKE CITY - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input from people in Utah and across the nation on a plan it says will improve the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to oil spills. The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people and caused ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

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