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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2018 


Students send a stern message to President Trump on guns. Also on our nationwide rundown: One expert's view of why canceling student-loan debt would boost the economy; plus the Trump budget calls for a 90-percent cut to a decades-old public lands program.

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Each year, studies show, 300 kids in Wyoming start smoking. At current rates, 12,000 kids in the state alive today are expected to die prematurely from a tobacco-related illness. (Vborodinova/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Volunteers with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass House Bill 43, which would raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1. Jason Mincer, the group's Wyoming government relations director, said bringin

The Colorado River, currently enduring a 17-year drought, supplies drinking water to some 40 million people and drives $1.4 trillion in economic activity across seven states. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers heard arguments on Friday for contributing some $73 million toward a dam project in the southwestern part of the state. Water developers say a 280-foot-tall dam on the West Fork of Battle Creek would ultimately contribute an equal amount in public benefits,

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

The BLM has been asked to quantify how much CO2 would be released by mining projects in its Environmental Impact Statements. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – At least 30 coal workers could get to keep their jobs after a U.S. District Court ruled this week that Signal Peak Energy can continue operations near Billings, Mont. The decision allows Signal to mine 170,000 tons of coal, but the company can't move it or sell it until the B

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

Casper residents are making food donations this week to help kids at risk of hunger as a part of the Campaign Nonviolence week of action. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Thursday is the United Nations International Day of Peace, and Casper is making a week-long affair of it. Last weekend, the United Church of Christ in Casper hosted groups for storytelling, activities, and to collect food items for Wyoming Food for Thought to support weekend

Mule deer herds have declined by 40 percent around the heavily developed gas fields near Pinedale. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- With hunting season just around the corner, the sportswomen's group Artemis is making the case that keeping habitat viable for the greater sage grouse also will be good for mule deer populations. The group's new report, "Living on Common Ground," co-produced with the National Wil

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

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