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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - CO: Social Justice

More than 17,000 Coloradans who entered the U.S. as children could face deportation if Congress does not act to save the DACA program. (Duffman/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- Colorado advocates for immigrants' rights are doubling down on efforts to press Congress to pass the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Some 50 activists from all corners of the state gathered in Denve

A grassroots campaign is under way to promote a ballot initiative that would blunt the impact of special-interest campaign contributions in municipal elections. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As Coloradans cast their ballots today, a grassroots effort to limit the influence of big money in politics is setting its sights on Denver's 2018 election. The Denver Election Division has cleared the way for an initiative called "Democracy for the People" to be included in next ye

The group Patriotic Millionaires projects that two-thirds of the GOP's proposed tax breaks will go to the top 1 percent of earners. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As the nation awaits details of the GOP's tax plan, a group of wealthy business leaders and investors has launched an online tool to help taxpayers see past the political rhetoric and weigh in on the new policies. Erica Payne, president of Patriotic Millionaires, points to public sp

Many seasonal jobs at Colorado ski resorts don't provide health coverage, and premiums can top $1,000 a month for high-deductible plans. (Getty Images)

DENVER -- In 2011, 16 percent of Colorado residents did not have health insurance, but by 2015 - after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act - that rate had dropped to just over 6 percent and is holding steady. That's according to the 2017 Colorado Health Access Survey. Michele Lueck, executive d

Coal-fired power plants are the nation's top source of CO2 emissions. Burning coal also is a leading cause of smog, acid rain and toxic air pollution. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The Trump administration on Tuesday took steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the nation's first-ever attempt to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has claimed the move will correct what he sees as an executive overreach o

Coloradans with incomes of at least $1 million a year will get an average tax cut of $170,000 under the GOP's tax plan. (Pixabay)

DENVER – The top 1 percent of taxpayers are set to get big tax cuts under the Republican tax proposal, but middle and upper middle income earners in Colorado will end up paying more, according to a new 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Ali Mickelson, directo

Residents of Denver's Westwood neighborhood, including Santiago Jaramillo, are working to raise awareness about climate change in the community. (Joe Mahoney/The Colorado Trust)

DENVER – If climate pollution continues at current levels, Denver could see more than a month of 100-plus degree days by 2050 in the worst years, according to analysis from the city and county of Denver. Elizabeth Babcock, the manager of air, water and climate with the city's Department of E

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Boulder's public library will host an array of international writers this weekend as part of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. The event kicks off Friday and will feature India's Ambassador to Canada, Vikas Swarup, better known as the author of the book “Q&A,” whic

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