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    PNS Daily News - February 27, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; House Republicans vow the net neutrality fight is far from over; around the globe it’s a day to stand up against bullying; and a California group goes after the dog and cat meat trade.

Public News Service - Utah

PHOTO: The Utah Senate approved the Healthy Utah plan Wednesday, and now the state House will consider a corresponding bill that would provide health care to thousands of Utah residents. Photo courtesy Utah State Law Library.

SALT LAKE CITY - Following passage in the state Senate on Wednesday, the Healthy Utah plan, which could provide health coverage for tens of thousands of Utah residents, now faces what some are calling an uphill battle in the House. Representative Ed Redd (R-Logan) is a physician and supports Health...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The Internet in Utah and across the nation will be regulated as a utility if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes Thursday in support of proposed rules. Photo courtesy FBI.

SALT LAKE CITY - A vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday could affect the Internet in Utah 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 Boulde...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Modernizing the formula used to measure poverty in America can help 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 Catawba County (N.C.) Social Services

SALT LAKE CITY - The formula the federal government uses to measure poverty in the United States is outdated and should be modernized to better reflect the true picture of poverty in America, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Terry Haven, interim director of Voices for U...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: A recent survey shows that three out of four Utahns of working age say they support a system where the state would operate a retirement savings plan. Photo courtesy St. Louis County, MN.

SALT LAKE CITY - A strong majority of people in Utah, between the ages of 25 and 64, and regardless of political affiliation, support the creation of a state-run retirement savings plan, according to a recent survey from AARP. Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah, says the surv...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: More than 140,000 people in Utah signed up or re-enrolled for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act's most recent open-enrollment period, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY - A total of 140,221 people in Utah signed up for a health-insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act during the open-enrollment period that ended Feb. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jason Stevenson, communications director at the Utah Health P...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: The Healthy Utah plan, supported by Gov. Gary Herbert, and which could help provide health insurance for thousands of people, is being considered by state lawmakers in the current legislative session. Photo courtesy Gov. Herbert.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah lawmakers now in session are considering legislation that could provide health insurance to thousands of people, with the federal government covering most of the cost. State representative Ed Redd, a Republican from Logan, says there seems to be bipartisan support for a bil...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Some farmers and ranchers in Utah and other drought-ravaged Western states are eligible for emergency government loans linked to the USDA declaring 256 counties as natural disaster areas. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

SALT LAKE CITY - It may only be February, but several drought-ravaged counties in Utah and other Western states already are under a "primary natural disaster declaration." Val Dolcini, administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, said the action opens up financial ass...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: A new survey ranks Utah last in the U.S. for the percentage of students who benefit from the School Breakfast Program. Photo courtesy letsmove.gov

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah ranks last in the nation in a survey measuring the percentage of students who are part of the School Breakfast Program. New research from the Food Research and Action Center shows 34 percent of students eligible for the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agric...Read More

Public News Service - UT

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