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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - CO: Rural/Farming

Freight Farmsí hydroponic vertical container farms use nearly 99% less water than a traditional farm, running with as little as zero to five gallons per day, less than the average dishwasher. (Pixabay)

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — A Douglas County High School is using a refrigerated freight container converted into a hydroponic farm as an extension of the classroom. At Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables. And David Larsen,

More than 20 community partners including businesses, city and county governments, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and others came together to create the Yampa River Fund. (Katkimchee/Wikimedia Commons)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – The Yampa River is a key contributor to the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water for 40 million people across seven states. And now the Yampa has its own dedicated fund. Water funds are used around the world as a tool for bringing diverse interests

Under current Colorado labor law, construction and agricultural workers are not guaranteed meal and rest breaks. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado workers putting in overtime hours but not getting paid overtime rates could get some relief. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will hold a public hearing on Wednesday to hear arguments for redefining which workers should be exempt from overtime protections.

The CORE Act would establish a boundary around the 43,000-acre Curecanti National Recreation Area, making it an official unit of the National Park Service. (NPS)

DENVER – A measure that would safeguard some 400,000 acres of public lands across Colorado cleared a key U.S. House committee this week. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE Act, would protect roughly 200,000 acres of the Thompson Divide from the impacts of oil and gas and ot

Colorado counties are getting food stamps to clients faster, and won more than $2 million in federal performance bonuses in 2016 and 2017. (USDA)

DENVER – Colorado counties are making progress getting SNAP benefits – the program formerly known as food stamps – to low-income residents, but there's still room for improvement. Colorado ranks 43rd nationally with just 60 percent of low-income people receiving benefits, below th

In 2019, the average American is projected to eat more than 110 pounds of beef. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Foods produced with fewer greenhouse gas emissions are healthier than foods that create more climate pollution, according to new research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Diego Rose, the report’s lead author and a professor at Tulane University, says pe

For many eligible Coloradans, health insurance purchased through ConnectforHealthColorado.org costs less than some cell-phone plans. (Mountain Family Health Centers)

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Colorado's community health centers are pressing forward with efforts to get more residents covered under the Affordable Care Act, despite a recent Texas court ruling that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. The federal court's decision is expected to be appealed,

If voters approve Amendment 74, taxpayers will be responsible for payments to property owners for any loss in property value due to a government action, including enforcing setbacks for drilling. (MrKn/Pexels)

DENVER – A group of Colorado economists is urging voters to reject Amendment 74 in Tuesday’s election. The amendment would allow companies to make governments pay if any policy reduces the value or projected future profits related to their property. Chris Stiffler, an economist with

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