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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Wyoming

PHOTO: CEOs of a dozen venture capital firms say the solitude and recreation available on public land can be viewed as economic opportunities to attract new business to the West. Photo of Teton Wilderness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

JACKSON, Wyo. — A dozen leaders of venture capital and investment firms say they think the United States should be "investing" in protecting more public land. Members of the new "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" say they'll encourage Congress and the president to expand national pa...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: Thousands of toy donations are needed for the Toys for Tots program in Wyoming. Collection boxes have been set up at local law offices, as well as many businesses and law enforcement locations. Photo courtesy of Toys for Tots.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Santa's helpers are being recruited in Wyoming to boost donations to the Toys for Tots program. Thousands of gifts are being collected at dozens of sites, with distribution set for the weekend before Christmas. The Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association has added its member offices to ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit filed this week asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban the use of DOT-111 tank cars for shipping crude oil because of safety and durability issues. Photo of damage to DOT-111 tank cars courtesy of National Transportation Safety Board.

CASPER, Wyo. - Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the department ...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: Research shows that a "whole person" approach to patient care that includes mental health treatment can reduce medical costs. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CASPER, Wyo. - A "whole person" approach to medical care can save states millions of dollars, according to research shared by the Central Wyoming Counseling Center. Medical expenses are reduced when mental-health and physical-health treatments are integrated, the research showed. David Monhollen, c...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: The Kum and Go convenience store chain is making modifications at its locations in Wyoming to comply with the ADA, and make it easier for people with disabilities to "fill up" for the holidays. Photo credit: Geralt/Pixabay.

CASPER, Wyo. - As Wyomingites hit the road for the holidays, some may notice changes at the gas station chain Kum and Go in Casper, Evansville and Rawlins. New modifications will make it easier for customers with mobility disabilities to fill up their cars, and are the result of an Americans with D...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: Family caregivers face added stress during the holidays, with finances topping the list of concerns in a new survey. Photo credit: PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Thanksgiving is the kick-off of a holiday season that lasts more than a month, and a new AARP survey of caregivers for aging parents or other relatives shows the stress meter runs high this time of year. The survey shows their concerns are topped by finances, followed by tryi...Read More

Public News Service - WY

PHOTO: A new report says Wyoming needs to do more to prevent the burning off of natural gas resources. Credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons

LANDER, Wy. - When it comes to the flaring of natural gas, some analysts say Wyoming should be following the lead of Alaska, which has strict rules that seldom allow the practice. In Wyoming, however, excess natural gas goes up in flames every day - typically at oil drilling sites where natural gas...Read More

Public News Service - WY

GRAPHIC: Wyoming is tops in the nation, according to a new report on what states are doing to cover more children with health insurance. But nationally, the progress has slowed. Map courtesy of Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming gets top marks in a national report on covering children with health insurance - but nationally, it says, there are still 5 million uninsured kids and every state could be doing more to reach them. Wyoming has nearly 8,000 uninsured children, according to the report from th...Read More

Public News Service - WY

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