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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

PHOTO: A number of organizations, including the environmental group Clean Wisconsin, are taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions/Flickr.

MADISON, Wis. - A number of environmental organizations including Clean Wisconsin have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. They're urging the EPA to address air pollution from huge farms known as "concentrated animal feeding operations." According to Clean Wisconsin, the am...Read More

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PHOTO: A new initiative from American Family Children's Hospital is designed to educate parents and young skiers and snowboarders about the dangers of not wearing a helmet while enjoying the sport. Nationally there are 600,000 ski and snowboard injuries reported every year. (Photo credit: Jenniville Ski Resort)

MADISON, Wis. - Six hundred-thousand ski and snowboard injuries are reported every year in the U.S., some in Wisconsin. Dr. Ankush Gosain, a pediatric surgeon with American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, says the number goes up every year. He treats a lot of young people who suffer life-thr...Read More

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PHOTO: Tamarine Cornelius, an analyst with the independent research group Wisconsin Budget Project, reports that Wisconsin's government employment is at a record low, and that it may fall even farther. (Photo courtesy of Tamarine Cornelius)

MADISON, Wis. - The number of public employees in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level in two decades, compared with the state's total population, according to a just-released analysis from the independent Wisconsin Budget Project. Wisconsin has nearly 6 percent fewer state employees per capit...Read More

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PHOTO: Once again this year, the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is up and running in Wisconsin, offering no-cost tax return preparation. Tax-Aide has served more than 40 million people since it was started 40 years ago. Photo credit:

MADISON, Wis. – Few if any taxpayers enjoy filling out income tax forms every year, and often senior citizens discover that proper preparation of their tax returns can be a real challenge. Mariann Muzzi, assistant state director of community outreach with AARP Wisconsin, says that's why ther...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The 2015 report card is out, and Wisconsin got mixed grades - an A, a B and two Fs - for efforts to control tobacco use. The report suggests Wisconsin needs to work on prevention and increase access to smoking cessation services. Graphic courtesy of American Lung Assn. Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The new 2015 American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report has a mixed bag of grades for the Badger State: An A for smoke-free air, a B for its level of tobacco taxes but an F in tobacco prevention and control funding. The state also received a failing grade fo...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Today is the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which said in essence that money is speech and corporations are people. Many groups across the nation, including Wisconsin, are holding events today to call for the reversal or removal of that decision. (Graphic credit: Common Cause)

MADISON, Wis. - Five years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court, in what's become known as the "Citizens United" decision, said in essence that money is speech and corporations are people. Since then, the money floodgates have opened, leaving Wisconsin and other states awash in campaign-contribution cas...Read More

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PHOTO: As various proposals circulate to deal with the massive amount of college student loan debt in America, the typical UW-Madison undergraduate student's debt is below the national average. Photo credit:

MADISON, Wis. - By the time they get their sheepskin, the typical UW-Madison undergraduate will have racked up more than $27,000 in student loan debt. It's a lot of money to pay back, but Susan Fischer, director of the Student Financial Aid office at the university, says it's still below the nation...Read More

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PHOTO: The window for comments on proposed changes to Wisconsin farmland conservation practices is closing soon, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and other Wisconsin agriculture organizations are encouraging farmers to make their voices heard. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Extension.

EAST TROY, Wis. - For years, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has partnered with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) and other Wisconsin agriculture groups to create partnerships and educational resources for farmers. New rules have been proposed for the NRCS Conserva...Read More

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