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PNS Daily News - December 12, 2019 


A House Committee begins debate on articles of impeachment; Washington state is set to launch a paid family, medical leave program; advocates for refugees say disinformation clouds their case; and a new barrier to abortion in Kentucky.

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 


Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Archive: February 3, 2016

As the state grapples with a budget shortfall, North Dakota public employees are asking state agencies to consider other options before cutting salaries or jobs. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With North Dakota facing steep budget cuts, one of the state's largest public-employee groups is asking state agencies to make careful choices. Governor Jack Dalrymple has ordered that agencies cut more than 4 percent from their operating budgets to help fill a $1 billion shortfall ...Read More

It's estimated nearly half of Ohio children have never been to a dentist. (M.Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio children probably don't pause to think of the impact of sugary Valentines Day treats on their teeth, but experts say poor dental health can cause a lifetime of problems. It's National Children's Dental Health Month, which began on this day 75 years ago in Ohio. Despite being ...Read More

Young people who might never touch a cigarette are now experimenting with e-cigarettes, mistakenly believing they are safer, according to the American Lung Association. (FDA.gov)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - In the American Lung Association's just-released "State Of Tobacco Control" report, Wisconsin gets an "A" for smoke-free air, a "B" for tobacco taxes, and a pair of failing grades for a lack of tobacco prevention and control program funding and access to smoking cessation services ...Read More

New state legislation aiming to strengthen and improve Colorado's SB 251 Driver's License program will be introduced in the House today. (Anyaberkut/iStockphoto)

DENVER - State Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, plans to introduce legislation in the House today that is designed to break through a political bottleneck keeping some immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses. The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act became law in 2013, but services only are ...Read More

Critics say, unlike much of the country, West Virginia's unemployment rate is still too high to restrict access to SNAP benefits. (WV Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for single adults to collect SNAP benefits. Critics say that would cost West Virginia's economy tens of millions of dollars a year. A plan at the legislature would make it more difficult for adults without dependents or disabilities t ...Read More

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t ...Read More

Joshua Tree National Park began as a national monument created under the Antiquities Act. (timotale/iStockphoto)

Environmental groups are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Senate defeated an attack on the president's ability to declare national monuments by executive order. Lawmakers on Tuesday killed an amendment to the Senate energy bill that would have modified the Antiquities Act to make all presi ...Read More

The Zika virus is prevalent in the areas seen in purple, mostly in the Caribbean basin, Central and South America, and southern Mexico. (CDC)

AUSTIN, Texas - Public health officials in Texas are reporting nine cases of the Zika virus in the state's three largest cities. The Department of State Health Services said Tuesday it has confirmed seven cases in the Houston area and one in San Antonio, all persons who recently traveled to countri ...Read More

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