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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.


GRAPHIC: Tuesday is caregivers day at the General Assembly in Richmond, and caregivers from around the commonwealth say they want to make sure they get clear instructions on how to look after loved ones when discharged from a facility. Graphic courtesy of AARP.

RICHMOND, Va. - Residents who care for loved ones at home are flooding the General Assembly this week to ask commonwealth lawmakers to honor their unpaid work, and help them do their caregiving work better. Today is Caregivers' Day at the capitol, and residents like Diane Rainier of Virginia Beach ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers who want the ability to accrue paid sick leave say in many of their jobs, coming to work ill isn't only uncomfortable; it also jeopardizes customers' health. Photo credit: joyt/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A paid day off when a worker or their child is ill isn't an option for about one million people in Washington whose employers don't offer them the ability to accrue hours of sick leave. Today in Olympia, a House committee examines legislation to change that. The idea of paid time ...Read More

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident ...Read More

IMAGE: Some of the state's lowest-paid workers are making their home budget details public at a Thursday 'Fight for $15' rally at the State Capitol. They'll fill out and carry this monthly budget summary sheet to show lawmakers. Graphic courtesy SEIU Local 775.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Legislation is expected to be filed Thursday challenging the state to follow the lead of the cities of SeaTac and Seattle and raise the minimum wage. It's one reason low-wage workers, from restaurant employees to airport workers and home-care aides, are gathering in Olympia for a " ...Read More

PHOTO: The get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator cites benefits for a child's development, as well as stress relief for the whole family. Photo credit: USFWS/Southeast via Flickr Creative Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator is asking Arkansas families to think about the power of nature, even as they're busy dealing with the schedules of a child with a disability. Kathy Ambr ...Read More

PHOTO: You're never too old to learn a new skill, but too many Washingtonians apparently didn't learn soon enough to save for retirement. Only one in four is able to pay for long-term care services from savings. The Legislature is being asked to explore other options for financing care. Photo credit: photoprof/
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - It could be a tough sell in a year of such competing issues as education, mental health, and transportation, but advocates for Washington seniors and people with disabilities say 2015 also should be the year that the state does some serious planning for an "age wave" of soon-to-be r ...Read More

PHOTO: They put their own lives on hold for their nation, and now a new program aims to give back to those veterans who have fallen on hard times. Photo credit: ladyheart/

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - They served their nation and in many cases put their own lives on the line, but a large number of Missouri veterans are now homeless, which is why one nonprofit is reaching out to help connect them with the resources and skills they need to get back on their feet. Matthew Galli ...Read More

PHOTO: The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy is one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects and childhood disabilities. Photo credit: Meagan/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is completely preventable, but there will be some 40-thousand babies born in the U.S. this year, including hundreds in Tennessee, diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Frederick Palmer, professor of pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cent ...Read More

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