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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.


The size of Tennessee's freshman class increased by 10 percent this year, largely because of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which provides free tuition to eligible students. Credit: camelo/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - College students across Tennessee are relishing a break this week because of the holiday, and this year there are more of them, thanks in part to the state's new Tennessee Promise program. The free-tuition program increased the number of first-time freshmen to more than 50,000 th ...Read More

House Bill 221 in the Ohio Legislature would make all school environments smoke-free. Credit: robertogorge/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, some Ohio health-advocacy groups are hoping legislation to snuff out smoking at schools gains some new traction. All kindergarten-through-12th-grade school campuses, along with school-sponsored events, would become 100 percent smoke-fre ...Read More

Bills in the General Assembly would put some schools under state control. Credit: Ad Meskens/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Education advocates say some legislators are trying to use the state budget impasse to push through bills that would diminish the control of local districts over their schools. Senate Bill 6 even would put some schools under state control. Supporters of the bill say it would resto ...Read More

Owners of small shops and restaurants are hoping folks will rush past the big box-store discounts to buy local on Small Business Saturday. Credit: jzlomek/

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Small shops and restaurants around the state are looking for a good crowd for "Small Business Saturday," a day when people are urged to spend their money at local merchants instead of national chains. In Walla Walla, it's the first holiday season of self-employment for Karie Br ...Read More

The FDA is finalizing new food safety rules, and advocates say that's something to be thankful for. Credit: USDA

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Food and Drug Administration is putting new food safety rules in place, and advocates of the change say that's something to be thankful for. The FDA is finalizing rules for three basic categories of groceries: produce, imports, and processed foods. Sandra Eskin, director ...Read More

A campaign to tax cigarettes more in order to lower college tuition costs in Idaho launches today. Credit:

BOISE, Idaho - A group calling itself Stop Tuition launches a petition drive today to put a measure on the ballot that would raise Idaho cigarette taxes $1.25 a pack, and use the money to send more kids to college. Supporters of the initiative note that tuition rates have soared in recen ...Read More

Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson, Utah's 2015 Portrait of Care honoree, with a painting of her and her mother. Credit: AARP Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - November is Family Caregiver Month and AARP is celebrating by recognizing the 40 million Americans who help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah, says the 336,000 Utahns who selflessly give ...Read More

Groups opposed to changes in Philadelphia's anti-deportation policy rallied at City Hall on Friday. Courtesy New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Community groups and immigration advocates are telling Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to keep his hands off the city's anti-deportation ICE Hold policy. The mayor says he wants to change the executive order that controls city cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, o ...Read More

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