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PNS Weekend Newscast - April 29th, 2017 


Here's what's happening: Donald Trump has now been president of the United States for 100 days, the People's Climate march on Washington is taking place today, and another missle launch from North Korea.

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Archive: March 30, 2017

A legal case pending in Massachusetts could set a nationwide precedent for sanctuary cities, even as they are threatened with funding cuts by the Trump administration. (Alex Shure/ACLU Mass.)

BOSTON – Amherst, Cambridge and Northampton are among the Massachusetts cities now under threat of losing federal funding for grants and programs because of their sanctuary city stance. This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the threat to divert billions of dollars away from s ...Read More

A new poll shows opposition in several primarily Republican states to a bill in Congress that would restrict a patientís ability to sue for malpractice. (designer491/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Voters in Texas and several other key red states are overwhelmingly opposed to a bill in Congress that would limit a patient's ability to sue for medical malpractice. A survey from Public Policy Polling says 70 percent of Texas voters disapprove of House Resolution 1215, whic ...Read More

Under Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota raised taxes on high-income households - taking an approach opposite to what many West Virginia lawmakers favor. But Minnesota is growing much faster than the national average. (Gov. Mark Dayton's office)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers are looking at flattening or phasing out state income taxes. But the state of Minnesota increased taxes on the wealthy, and their economy is booming. Several states, including Kansas and Wisconsin, have slashed taxes on higher income households in hopes ...Read More

Other states in the Southeast are seeing cases of avian influenza, prompting the North Carolina agricultural community to remain vigilant. (IAEA Imagebank/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Another case of bird flu has been confirmed in the Southeast this week - this time in Georgia. It follows a reported case in Tennessee earlier this month. Avian influenza is a virus that occurs naturally in wild birds, but can infect domestic poultry. There have been some rar ...Read More

On Wednesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lifted a moratorium on new coal leases, but only 38 percent of Trump voters think coal should be a priority. (Gage_Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- President Donald Trump's energy policies, promising a new era of job creation by shoring up fossil fuels, could put the brakes on renewable energy - the energy sector's largest job creator. Connie Wilbert, president of the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter, points to new analysis of ...Read More

The U.S. Census Bureau says a draft category on sexual orientation and gender identity was submitted to Congress in error, and quickly erased it. (taskforce.org)

SEATTLE -- Members of the LGBTQ community say they are feeling erased after proposed questions on sexual orientation and gender identity were removed from a draft of the 2020 Census this week. The U.S. Census Bureau, which is required to submit a list of categories to be tracked on the Census thre ...Read More

A proposed new bill would shield lands surrounding National Conservation Areas, such as Red Rock Canyon, from development. (Battle Born Progress)

LAS VEGAS -- A bill to ban development in or near National Conservation and National Recreation areas gets a hearing before the Assembly Government Affairs Committee Friday morning - in a special session in Las Vegas. The bill, AB 277, is in part a reaction to a decision by the Clark County Commis ...Read More

Community solar can help low-income New Yorkers get all the benefits of clean energy. (Andrewglaser/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Environmental advocates want money from state climate pollution reduction efforts to fund direct grants for community solar. The state Assembly's budget bill would dedicate $23 million collected through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI for grants to bring solar ...Read More

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