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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 - Wyoming

A new report shows states that expanded Medicaid coverage lowered costs, increased revenues and reduced the number of workers without health insurance. (Candice Harrison/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - As Wyoming works to resolve a nearly $217 million budget shortfall, a new report shows states that expanded Medicaid coverage lowered costs, increased revenues and reduced the number of workers without health insurance. Comments from Bri Jones, executive director, Equality State Poli...Read More

Public News Service - WY

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposal to limit gas waste at well sites Thursday in Casper. (Think4photop/iStockphoto)

CASPER, Wy. - Wyoming is considering new rules for how much methane, the principal component of natural gas, companies are allowed to vent or burn at well sites. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing in Casper on Thursday. Hollis Hackman, area director of the W...Read More

Public News Service - WY

Wyoming residents can get free help signing up for health-insurance coverage before the Sunday deadline at Wyoming211.org. (HealthCare.gov)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - People who are uninsured and have not signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act have until Sunday to enroll. Information and registration for the health-insurance marketplace, also known as "Obamacare," is available on healthcare.gov, but Wyoming residents also ca...Read More

Public News Service - WY

The recent Bureau of Land Management announcement of new rules to limit methane waste is being embraced by some businesses, but criticized by the oil and gas industry. (Franke/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Some businesses are welcoming the Bureau of Land Management's plans to curb methane emissions and say they'll push for strong rules in the coming months. According to Government Accountability Office estimates, taxpayers lose some $23 million a year in royalties when methane, the p...Read More

Public News Service - WY

A warming planet could put water supplies at risk for Rocky Mountain states. (Hamid Soufi/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Surface temperatures across the globe in 2015 were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since the new ce...Read More

Public News Service - WY

Students spend the equivalent of two-thirds of a school year, on average, playing with devices instead of paying attention to professors, according to a new report. (iStock)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - College students spend more class time than ever playing with their smartphones and other digital devices, according to a new University of Nebraska report. The study, which surveyed 675 students in 26 states, found on average students check their phones during class more than 11 t...Read More

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A new poll shows strong voter support for clean energy production and federal protections of public lands. (Energy.gov)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - Nearly 79 percent of Wyoming voters say national public lands help the state's economy, according to a new poll released by Colorado College. The State of the Rockies Project surveyed residents in seven mountain states on key issues, including renewable energy and new environmental...Read More

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In 2015, there were more than four million visits to Yellowstone National Park, making it the biggest year on record for the iconic park. (Steppinstars/Pixabay)

JACKSON, Wy. - Yellowstone National Park hosted a record number of visits last year and 2016 is set to be even busier. Thanks to low gas prices and Wyoming's marketing efforts, the park saw more than 4 million visits in 2015, up over 16 percent from the previous year. Yellowstone Superintendent Da...Read More

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