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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 

    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.


PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo ...Read More

PHOTO: The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows those with disabilities to establish a savings account of up to $100,000 for related expenses, without putting their benefits in jeopardy. Photo credit: Erin Sparling/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A common barrier to financial stability for individuals with disabilities is on its way out with Congressional approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience or the ABLE Act. Rik Shannon, public policy manager with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says the legisla ...Read More

IMAGE: With Tennessee's population of individuals with disabilities at 1 million and rising, churches in the state are ramping up efforts to ensure they're being inclusive to those people and their families. Image credit: Waiting for the Word/Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. – At a time when family and friends often gather at places of worship to celebrate the holidays, Tennessee's faith community is taking a lead on ensuring inclusiveness for the state's individuals with disabilities. One common barrier is just being able to gain access physica ...Read More

PHOTO: There are about 500,000 family caregivers in the state, many of whom could use a helping hand this time of year. Photo credit: AARP.

DES MOINES, Iowa – For the hundreds of thousands of unpaid family caregivers across the state, the best gift this holiday season may not come wrapped in a bow. Many caregivers already may be overwhelmed with their daily responsibilities on top of helping keep loved ones at home and independe ...Read More

PHOTO: Health-insurance advocates are focusing on one-on-one assistance for Missourians during this second ACA open-enrollment period, based on feedback from the first time around. Image courtesy of Cover Missouri.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When it comes to open enrollment for health-insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act, experts say in many ways, the second time is the charm. With the kinks worked out of the federal "" website and more options to choose from, Ryan Barker, vice president of heal ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation to help support the 670,000 unpaid family caregivers in Minnesota is among the bills that will be considered when lawmakers reconvene in January. Photo credit: Henry Rabinowitz.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the number of Minnesotans who are family caregivers continues to increase, also growing is the complexity of the medical tasks they're doing and that's something Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to address. When the Legislature convenes in 2015, they'll consider what's called ...Read More

PHOTO: Margaret Nimmo Crowe with Voices for Virginia's Children says an event Thursday in Charlottesville will be a chance for an important, ongoing conversation about how Virginia should handle children's mental health needs. Picture by Ashley Everette, courtesy of Voices for Virginia's Children.

RICHMOND, Va. - With reforms underway in Virginia for children's mental health services, lawmakers and advocates want to hear from people dealing with the issues every day. Voices For Virginia's Children is hosting a community conversation Thursday in Charlottesville. Executive director Margaret ...Read More

GRAPHIC: AARP is calling on Virginians to recognize and support the contributions of unpaid family caregivers. The logo of AARP's website courtesy of the organization.

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a tough and lonely role to play. Unpaid family caregivers say they're quietly meeting a growing need, and Virginians should do more to support them. Andy Butler is a northern Virginia man caring for his wife, who is bedridden with Multiple Sclerosis. He says with people living ...Read More

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