PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook is under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also on our Monday rundown: a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it's Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - WY: Budget Policy & Priorities

Canceling all student loan debt could create more than half of all the jobs created after the Great Recession between 2010 and 2015. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That's greater than all credit card debt and also eclipses all motor vehicle loans. Researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College say canceling that debt would be a major boost to the economy. Stephan

Between 2010 and 2014, 24 pedestrians and six cyclists died as a result of accidents with cars and trucks. (AJEL/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A group appointed by Gov. Matt Mead to find ways to make Wyoming towns safer for pedestrians and cyclists released its report this week, and its recommendations include investing $10 million a year on infrastructure – such as sidewalks, bike paths and crosswalks. Tim Y

SNAP benefits, sometimes called food stamps, help millions of low-income Americans put food on the table each month. (David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Congress is expected to begin work soon on the $140 billion farm bill, but there are concerns that some conservatives are targeting nutrition programs for cuts. Food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and

The number of people in prison or under the supervision of the criminal justice system would rank as the 10th largest town in Wyoming. (Boardhead/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As repair work continues on Wyoming's maximum security prison in Rawlins, a new report suggests ways for the state to relieve some of the stress on its overburdened criminal justice system. Sabrina King, policy director with the ACLU of Wyoming, said "tough on crime" tactics hav

Wyoming's sagebrush sea is home to the iconic bird known for its bold mating rituals, as well as elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments in Cheyenne Monday on potential changes to sage grouse habitat protection plans finalized under the Obama administration. The Trump administration's efforts could pave the way for more oil and gas development. Gov. Ma

In the time since Jonah Energy started inspecting for and repairing leaks, methane emissions dropped by 75 percent and the company saved $5 million worth of natural gas. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As the Trump administration makes good on its promises to roll back protections in the energy sector, mineral-rights owners are looking to state governments to help save royalty earnings from natural-gas reserves. Maggie McKenzie, a land and mineral-rights owner in southeast

Economists are headed to Jackson Hole to urge the Federal Reserve to raise its inflation target to spur higher wages and more jobs. (Getty Images)

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The nation's most powerful bankers are descending on Jackson Hole this week for the Federal Reserve's annual economic symposium, and they'll be met by a coalition of labor and policy groups who want a say in how the economy is mapped out. Shawn Sebastian, co-director of

Clearing federal permitting hurdles is a big challenge for delivering Wyoming's renewable energy to markets across state lines. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming is again at a crossroads when it comes to helping the nation meet its energy needs, according to an investigative report by the Casper Star Tribune. Reporter Heather Richards, who interviewed state and industry leaders along with academic experts, found demand for Wy

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