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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Archive: July 1, 2016

New AARP Colorado State Director Bob Murphy is leading a campaign to compel politicians to make Social Security a priority. (AARP Colorado)

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DENVER – Entitlement reform is a hotly-debated issue, especially during presidential elections. But once in office, officials rarely want to touch what some call the "third rail" of U.S. politics. The last time Social Security was adjusted to ensure long-term solvency was during the Reagan ad ...Read More

A new law requires California doctors to have access to the state's database that tracks prescriptions for opioid painkillers.(dodgerton skillhause/morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Starting today, all doctors in California must be registered for access to the state's prescription database. It's part of an effort to stop drug-addicted patients from "doctor shopping" to get pain pills. The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, ...Read More

Sky lanterns such as this one are illegal to use by Tennesseans unless they have a commercial license to set off fireworks. (Bhavishya Goel/Flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This weekend, the rumble and boom of celebratory fireworks will be heard across the state as communities celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. But the State Fire Marshal's office is asking Tennesseans to leave it to the experts this holiday. Kevin Walters, communications di ...Read More

A federal judge has blocked a new Indiana law that would have banned some abortion procedures. (co.wichita.tx.us)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Pro-choice advocates say they're ecstatic about Thursday's ruling blocking a new Indiana law that bans abortions based on fetus abnormalities. The law, HEA 1337, would have gone into effect today (Friday), but U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunct ...Read More

In order to keep traffic fatalities down, additional Iowa State Police officers will be on the roads in this weekend leading up to Monday's July 4th celebrations. (dps.state.ia.us)

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest numbers show 174 people have died in traffic accidents so far during 2016 in Iowa. Trooper Vince Kurtz, a public resource officer with the Iowa State Police, calls it an unfortunate rise. "Right now, we're looking at a very steep increase from last year at this t ...Read More

Some communities where gas production boomed now are struggling. (Molly/Flickr)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania gets poor grades for its response to the boom in shale gas drilling, but a pair of new reports could help communities prepare for the future. The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, a partnership of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, has issued a report ...Read More

Michigan law requires fireworks never be used while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (Pixabay)

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LANSING, Mich. – The splendor of fireworks in the night sky is the hallmark of any great Fourth of July gathering, but experts warn that disaster can result without the proper procedures. Michigan State Fire Marshal Julie Secontine says fireworks should be lit one at a time, on a driveway or ...Read More

Many West Virginians will be filing claims with FEMA for flood damage to homes and vehicles. The agency has some tips for how to do that. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – First comes the flood, then comes the paperwork – but at least the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has some tips for flood victims. FEMA spokesperson Mike Wade says don't wait, either to start repairs or file a FEMA claim, and document everything. Many fo ...Read More

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