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PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 2015 


A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

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PHOTO: A Department of Justice report that found a shooting a week by Philadelphia police shows problems that are part of a bigger picture, according to groups working to change law enforcement in the city. Photo courtesy of the ACLU of PA.\
Friday, March 27, 2015
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Justice Department report that found a high number of shootings by Philadelphia police confirms what critics have been saying, the American Civil Liberties Union says. According to the DOJ, Philadelphia police shot about one ...Read More
PHOTO: New York is drawing more of its electricity from wind power than ever, but that trend could stop if the state abandons its renewable-energy targets this year. Photo credit: Jonathan Percy/CC.\
Friday, March 27, 2015
NEW YORK - New York is drawing more of its electricity from wind power than ever, but that trend could stop if the state abandons its renewable-energy targets this year. The state's renewable-energy standard requires New York to get 30 percent of ...Read More
PHOTO: Lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide state money to private and religious schools. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education.\
Friday, March 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - A state Senate panel heard testimony on Thursday about a series of measures that would give money to parents who want to enroll their children in private and religious schools. Opponents say Texas can't afford to pay for a private- ...Read More
PHOTO: Members of the Health Care For All HelpLine Team are working overtime assisting hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility. With the deadline so close, those needing assistance are urged to head to their nearest community health center. Photo ourtesy: Health Care For All. \
Friday, March 27, 2015
BOSTON - A critical deadline is at hand for hundreds of thousands in the Bay State to renew their coverage under the Medicaid program. Some already are past the deadline, but have a grace period until the end of the month. Anyone who got a letter ...Read More
PHOTO: With tens of thousands of Iowans living with a developmental disability, the push is on to make sure that communities statewide are welcoming and inclusive and services and supports are available. Photo credit: Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.\
Friday, March 27, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa - March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in Iowa the focus is on ways in which communities can welcome and include individuals with disabilities. The month was established in 1987 by President Reagan to ...Read More
PHOTO: Supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer-strip proposal are calling one of the most significant farmland stewardship initiatives for water quality and wildlife habitat in decades. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.\
Friday, March 27, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where water quality is key to quality of life, supporters of the buffer-strip proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton say it would have a positive impact for generations to come. The legislation would require ...Read More