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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 


    Public News Service Daily News Update: A Kentucky Court Clerk defies the U.S. Supreme Court and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

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An online tool is helping older Americans in Arizona, like those seen here, learn more about iPhones, social media, and other technologies that continue to develop at a very past pace. Photo courtesy of AARP Arizona.

PHOENIX - Some older people in Arizona and across the nation may not be as tech-savvy as, say, their grandchildren, but an online tool may help to even the technology knowledge gap between generations. Cynthia Fagyas, communications director with AARP Arizona, says the AARP TEK Academy, which stands ...Read More

PHOTO: A year from now at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the U.S. Welcome Pavilion will promote America to millions of people. It was founded by a caterer from Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy of U.S. Welcome Pavilion.

SALT LAKE CITY - A privately-sponsored U.S. Welcome Pavilion designed to promote America's people, places and culture will be open to the public at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Maxine Turner, a caterer from Salt Lake City who founded the pavilion, says the United States ...Read More

PHOTO: Their studies of animal behavior have taken Dieter and Netzin Stecklis around the world, and they use their research to inform their UA courses on fatherhood and families. Photo courtesy University of Arizona.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona ranks 42nd in a national survey by state of important factors for working fathers, including health and child-care costs. WalletHub gives Arizona low ratings for economic and social well-being, and says the state has the highest number of dads with children younger than 18 li ...Read More

PHOTO: The May issue of AARP Bulletin uses the Livability Index to identify the most livable places in the country for people age 50 plus. Eighteen California cities received high marks in the study, with San Francisco's South of Market named as one of the 10 Most Livable Neighborhoods in the country. Photo courtesy: AARP.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new online tool is giving Californians a chance to take a closer look at their neighborhoods. Christina Clem, adviser State Operations with AARP California, says people can use the Livability Index to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future n ...Read More

PHOTO: Arlington did well when measured by a new online interactive livability index set up by AARP. Photo courtesy of Flicker and Arlington County.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new livability index rates Arlington and four other Virginia communities as good places to "stay healthy, get around and enjoy life." AARP's new interactive online tool compares locations for housing, transportation, neighborhood services, health and the environment. It also consi ...Read More

PHOTO: Seattle gets high marks in new AARP rankings for livability. Anyone can check out the rankings for their town or city online, on AARP's Livability Index. Photo credit: kakisky/morguefile.com.

SEATTLE - What makes a community livable might change depending on the age of the person giving the opinion. At this week's American Planning Association meeting in Seattle, AARP unveils an online "Livability Index" that anyone can use to determine how well any community is meeting specific needs. ...Read More

PHOTO: Poet Kane Smego is coming to Charleston this week to address a conference of Social Workers. He says says he'll talk about a central part of his work - teaching young people how to use spoken word performances to better understand themselves and others. Photo courtesy of Smego.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Poetry is a tool that can help young people break out of isolation, according to the keynote speaker at a conference of social workers this week. Spoken word artist Kane Smego plans to talk to folks about how it works Wednesday morning during the annual spring conference ...Read More

PHOTO: Lakeview is the county seat of Lake County, one of Oregon's least populated areas. Internet service is provided here by small broadband businesses, as the media giants haven't seen it as profitable. Photo courtesy Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as "net neutrality." But smaller Internet service providers are asking to ...Read More

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