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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

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PHOTO: A new report takes an in-depth look at online job postings across the country and finds that in Arkansas, the job market for college graduates is not the most favorable. Photo credit: fathergoose/pixabay.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - College graduates searching for jobs in Arkansas don't have the easiest time, according to a new report that takes an in-depth look at online job postings across the nation. Arkansas is ranked in the bottom tier of the report along with other southern states. Dr. Tony Carnevale, ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide state money to private and religious schools. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education.

AUSTIN, Texas - A state Senate panel heard testimony on Thursday about a series of measures that would give money to parents who want to enroll their children in private and religious schools. Opponents say Texas can't afford to pay for a private-education system if it can't adequately fund public s ...Read More

PHOTO: Children and seniors in New Mexico and around the nation would suffer under the proposed budget backed by Congressional Republicans, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo credit: Sen. Udall.

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico says the proposed budget from Congressional Republicans would hurt children and seniors in his state and across the nation. Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pointed out that Republic ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes ...Read More

PHOTO: Bills being considered in the Florida House and Senate propose making the selection process of state college and university presidents private. Photo credit: morguefile.com/grietgriet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A bill that would make the process of selecting university and Florida College System presidents private advanced Tuesday through its third state House committee. Opponents fear that House Bill 223, if passed, would shut the public out from the process of selecting some of the hi ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 800,000 students in schools across Maryland are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. While not just for students, the Hear the Maryland Crunch Initiative is intended to promote school breakfast. Photo credit: Sipa/Pixabay.com.

BALTIMORE - More than 800,000 students in school districts across Maryland, along with Catholic schools in Baltimore, are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. The Hear the Maryland Crunch initiative promotes school breakfast, along with the message that every c ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is ...Read More

Florida currently bans guns on college campuses, but some lawmakers want to change that. Photo credit: flickr/Creative Commons/Scott Beale

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even as university presidents, campus police and student government leaders rose up against it, the Florida Senate's Higher Education Committee has given its approval to a controversial bill (SB 176) that would allow concealed firearms on college campuses. State Rep. Mich ...Read More

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