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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2018 


Trump’s Secretary of State nominee gets a narrow thumbs up, but his Veteran’s Affairs nominee is put on hold. Also on our rundown: Protests against Wells Fargo set for Des Moines today; and cannabis advocates blame Florida officials for “reefer madness.”

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A new study shows that local governments are better positioned to connect traditionally underserved communities to broadband internet. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As Congress considers remedies for large-scale privacy breaches by Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, a recent report suggests that local municipalities could play a key role in protecting consumers. The American Civil Liberties Union study says if cities and counties build out their

The Trump administration has recommended changes to the greater sage-grouse land management plan that could open up more of its habitat to oil and gas development. (Jeannie Stafford/US Forest Service)

DENVER – Pressure from special interests is undermining policy decisions about wildlife conservation, according to a report from the Endangered Species Coalition. And the report says that influence is getting stronger as industry officials have taken leadership positions in the Trump adminis

A grassroots campaign is under way to promote a ballot initiative that would blunt the impact of special-interest campaign contributions in municipal elections. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As Coloradans cast their ballots today, a grassroots effort to limit the influence of big money in politics is setting its sights on Denver's 2018 election. The Denver Election Division has cleared the way for an initiative called "Democracy for the People" to be included in next ye

Anonymous campaign contributions have risen dramatically in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Saturday, people from across Colorado who are concerned about the role of money in politics will meet in Denver for a "Making Democracy Work" conference. The event will focus on the influence of so-called "dark money," anonymous campaign contributions. Lisa Graves, executive dire

In 2015, the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture completed plans to manage the greater sage-grouse's habitat across 70 million acres in 11 Western states. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

DENVER - A document obtained by a watchdog group suggests that the U.S. Department of the Interior could be taking orders from the oil and gas industry. Jayson O'Neill, deputy director of the Western Values Project, said his group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for correspondence be

Hundreds gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' appearance at last week's American Legislative Exchange Council meeting. (Caroline Fry)

DENVER -- The American Legislative Exchange Council wrapped up its annual meeting in Denver on Friday, and activists say they'll keep watching as the group's agenda unfolds in coming months. The national organization, funded by more than 300 corporations and conservative foundations, brings lawmak

The Wisconsin-based Bradley Foundation is financing efforts to defund Colorado teachers' unions and move tax dollars from public schools to charters. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The Bradley Foundation, a Wisconsin-based conservative powerhouse, is taking its successful strategies targeting unions and public education to swing states including Colorado, according to new, separate reports by the Center for Media and Democracy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sam

As the Trump administration begins to tackle overhauling the nation's tax code, activists are urging the president to release his returns. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – As taxpayers hustle to meet next week's deadline, a coalition of education, labor and social-justice organizations is planning marches in cities across the nation demanding the release of President Trump's tax returns. Demonstrations are set for Saturday in Colorado Springs, Denver,

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