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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Public News Service - Utah

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it...Read More

Public News Service - UT

The Community Action Partnership of Utah says families often miss out on thousands of dollars in tax refunds by not filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit. (KConnors/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Many Utah residents are potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table each year when they prepare and file their federal tax returns, according to a coalition of community agencies. Barbara Muñoz, a policy analyst with the Community Action Partnership of Utah, says ma...Read More

Public News Service - UT

Natural gas flaring on federal and tribal land would be reduced and taxed under new rules proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SALT LAKE CITY - The Bureau of Land Management is clamping down on companies that dump methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane is the principal component of natural gas, and the agency says oil and gas wells on federal and tribal land leak, flare or vent enough methane each year to power 5 million...Read More

Public News Service - UT

A controversial draft bill called the Utah Public Lands Initiative would protect part of the Bear's Ears region but would not make it a national monument as tribes have requested. (Credit: Josh Ewing)

SALT LAKE CITY - Conservation groups are slamming a draft bill called the Utah Public Land Initiative, released Wednesday by Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. The bill would rewrite the rules covering 18 million acres of federal public land in seven counties in eastern Utah. Aaron We...Read More

Public News Service - UT

A new policy brief suggests changes that could help low-income families establish some savings. (cohdra/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Even as the economy improves, Utah families still are struggling to put money aside for emergencies, for college and for retirement - and the wealth gap is growing between whites and people of color. That's one conclusion of a new policy brief released today. The brief, from the An...Read More

Public News Service - UT

Utah has one of the worst records in the United States for enrolling Latino children in health insurance, according to a new report. (kathyyeulet/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah has one of the worst records in the country on insuring Latino children, according to a report issued today from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza. The state has 85,000 uninsured children, and 36,000 of them - about ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

Utah's movement to transfer federal public land to state control is getting attention because of the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. (JayPowell/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The armed occupation of buildings on a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon puts a spotlight on similar arguments about who should manage public lands that have been brewing in Utah for years. In 2012, the governor signed the Utah Transfer of Federal Lands Act, which authorized the st...Read More

Public News Service - UT

Gas prices will go up about five cents a gallon in Utah starting on Friday. (Pippalou/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Gas prices in Utah will go up by about five cents a gallon starting Friday when the increase in the state gas tax kicks in. This spring, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill to change the state gas tax from a fixed 24.5 cents a gallon to one that takes 12 percent of the cost of a gallon....Read More

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