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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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Public News Service - WY: Poverty Issues

More than 17 million people live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, including more than 2 million children and elderly people - groups especially vulnerable to air pollution and contaminated water. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Physicians' groups are sounding the alarm on the health risks posed by hydraulic fracturing, and have published a compendium of scientific evidence that they say confirms the damage caused by fracking operations. Joel Minor, associate attorney with the group Earthjustice, sa

SNAP benefits, sometimes called food stamps, help millions of low-income Americans put food on the table each month. (David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Congress is expected to begin work soon on the $140 billion farm bill, but there are concerns that some conservatives are targeting nutrition programs for cuts. Food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and

Rising prices of prescription drugs are having a big impact on the nation's seniors. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Despite increased scrutiny by Congress in the wake of the EpiPen scandal, prices for brand-name prescription drugs are on the rise. That's according to a new AARP study, which found that in 2015, the average cost for a single non-generic drug now exceeds $5,800 a year, compare

AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Security. (LarryHW/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Reforming entitlement programs is a contentious topic, and most public officials don't want to go near what some call the third rail of U.S. politics. In response, AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Secu

At the current rate of progress, women in Wyoming will not earn as much as men until the year 2159. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - It's been 53 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, and women are still paid on average 79 cents for every $1 a man makes. Julie Anderson, research associate with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, says if current trends continue, women in

A new survey shows state residents support accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid health coverage. (Monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A new survey conducted by the University of Wyoming's Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy shows state residents support efforts by the Legislature to balance the state's budget, but disagree with lawmakers' decision not to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion. Wyo

The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless has taken up the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' challenge to help feed hungry families. (Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless has joined the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' "Plant a Row for the Hungry" campaign. Volunteers got their hands dirty yesterday planting beans, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes. Rachel Bennett, the Coalition's volunteer director, says the project

Two new reports show what it takes for Wyoming families to get by without public or private assistance. (Wyoming Women's Foundation)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Two new reports released today by the Wyoming Women's Foundation show what it takes for families to get by without public or private assistance, and how to achieve economic security. The first report calculates a Self-Sufficiency Standard for each county based on "bare bones" bud

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