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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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People who use them may think e-cigarettes are harmless, but research says they're not. (prostooleh/iStockphoto)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Nearly 6.5 million young people - about one in four middle- and high-school students in the United states - report being exposed to secondhand aerosol or "vape" from e-cigarettes in the past month, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ...Read More

The coal-fired power plant in Colstrip supplies energy for West Coast utility companies and is scheduled to close by 2022. (Spot Us/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A bill that would require utility companies to pay for closing the Colstrip power plant could come at the cost of future investment in renewable energy, according to critics of the state legislation. Senate Bill 338 would make Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy, owners of the two o ...Read More

Pennsylvania students spend up to 110 hours a year preparing for and taking standardized tests. (KF/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An overemphasis on standardized tests is interfering with children's education in Pennsylvania, according to a leading teachers' organization. According to the new policy brief by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's reliance on high-stakes, standardized tests ...Read More

Groups that oppose the death penalty are critical of Arkansas' plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days in April. (Wikimedia)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Despite a decline in states' use of the death penalty in recent years, Arkansas officials are planning an unprecedented string of executions in April. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has scheduled the deaths of eight inmates in 11 days - all convicted of murder - after Arkansas Attorney Gen ...Read More

The DACA program remains in place for now, but advocates for Nevada immigrants say anyone at risk of being detained should have an emergency plan and an attorney. (avidcreative/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Advocates for Nevada's immigrants are speaking out, educating people on their options in light of the Trump administration's increased enforcement actions. On the campaign trail, Trump had threatened to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that allow ...Read More

Proposed federal and state budget cuts are jeopardizing programs such as Meals on Wheels, in Connecticut and across the country. (Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Proposed state and federal budget cuts threaten Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. That's the message service providers and customers took to Harford on Thursday. Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut funding for the Human Services Infrastructure Community Action Program by 20 per ...Read More

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