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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.


GRAPHIC: This is Spread the Word to End the Word day, an effort to get all people to stop using the word "retarded." Graphic courtesy of Special Olympics.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa and the nation are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others - whether that is the intent or not. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their v ...Read More

PHOTO: A first committee hearing is set for today in the Minnesota Senate on a bill aiming to better support family caregivers as they help seniors stay at home and independent. Photo credit: AARP.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan effort to provide more support for the state's many family caregivers is moving ahead at the state Capitol, with the bill getting its first committee hearing in the Minnesota Senate today. Its author in the Senate, state Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, said the CARE ...Read More

PHOTO: CIDNY counselor advises consumer on insurance options. Courtesy: CIDNY

NEW YORK - This is the week that will decide how many New Yorkers end up getting health coverage under the Affordable Care Act for 2015. Heidi Siegfried, project director with New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, says with the deadline falling on the weekend, this Sunday, they are working e ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for children with disabilities are concerned about the impact North Carolina's expanded charter school and private school voucher program may have on them. Photo courtesy: Liz Marie/Wikimedia Commons.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - There's no limit to the number of charter schools that can operate in North Carolina, and now there's a virtual charter school pilot program that will reallocate money to private entities and away from public schools. Jane Wettach, director of the Children's Law Clinic at Duke U ...Read More

Photo: Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and other lawmakers will meet with advocates at Disability Day on the Hill taking place today. Photo courtesy: Tennessee Disability Coalition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At least 300 people living with a disability and their advocates will converge at the state Capitol today for Disability Day. They'll be discussing the impact of disability on their lives and policies such as Gov. Bill Haslam's recently released Insure Tennessee Plan, which will ...Read More

PHOTO: The CARE Act would require Iowa hospitals to provide family caregivers with training to help them perform some medical tasks, and keep them informed about major medical decisions for their loved ones. Photo credit: Bradley Gordon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Family caregivers and their supporters from across Iowa are converging on the state Capitol today, releasing a new voter survey about the experiences around family caregiving. The group will urge lawmakers to make sure those who are taking care of family members are better prepare ...Read More

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

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