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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

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If approved by the New Mexico Legislature,

SANTA FE, N.M. - A dog killed by a trap near Santa Cruz Lake is driving legislation expected to be introduced in the New Mexico Legislature this week to ban trapping on public lands. The 8-year-old dog named Roxy was on a hike with her owner last November when she was caught in an unmarked neck-sna ...Read More

Helping families with the cost and availability of child care and health care is the focus of the first three bills filed in this year's Minnesota Legislature. (yohoprashant/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Taking care of children is labor intensive, which means it's also expensive, and that's why children's advocates say a bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature is needed urgently. Known as the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act, it would invest in prenatal care, home v ...Read More

Adoption experts warn against posting personal information on social media in order to connect with family matches made through DNA tests, to avoid the risk of identity theft. (Nogas1974/Wikimedia Commons)

OMAHA, Neb. - DNA tests that promise to fill in missing branches of a person's family tree also could open up a Pandora's box of family secrets. Kim Schenkelberg, a post-adoption specialist for the Nebraska Children's Home Society, said it isn't uncommon for people who were adopted, for example, to ...Read More

One focus of Wednesday's rally is legislation that could help finance energy-efficiency upgrades for commercial buildings. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - Montanans are to gather at noon today outside the State Capitol to support clean energy in Big Sky Country. Folks at the Clean Power for All rally are calling on state lawmakers, now in their third week of the session, to provide better access to renewable energy. Mary Fitzpatrick, ...Read More

Workers rallied outside Sen. Pat Toomey's Pittsburgh office calling for an end to the government shutdown. (32BJ SEIU)

PITTSBURGH - Unionized workers say everyone will suffer consequences from the longest government shutdown in history, and that some of those out of work will never be paid. Members of SEIU Local 32-BJ rallied outside the Pittsburgh office of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Tuesday, demanding that he sup ...Read More

When the Utah Legislature convenes next week, some members say they plan to

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah voters approved a ballot measure last year to enact full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, bringing health care to 100,000 lower-income residents. But that isn't the last word. A bloc of conservative state lawmakers, saying there isn't enough money to pay for th ...Read More

Virginia caregivers could receive a nonrefundable state income-tax credit beginning in the 2019 tax year for expenses they incur in caring for an eligible family member. (Unsplash)

RICHMOND, Va. - Considered by many as the unrecognized backbone of Virginia's long-term care system, family caregivers soon could get some financial relief in the form of tax credits through a bill in the General Assembly. Across the Commonwealth, more than 1 million people assist parents, spouses ...Read More

Advocates of banning salary-history requests on job applications say it could level the playing field for women and under-represented minorities. (Amtec US/Flickr)

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill that would prevent employers from demanding that job applicants share their salary histories. House Bill 211 is to get a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. today in the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee. Rep. P ...Read More

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