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    PNS Daily News - May 3, 20160 


    Taking a look at what’s making news today: the Supreme Court backs away from a minimum raise challenge; working women want their struggles addressed by candidates; and Americans are encouraged to re-discover the joys of being unplugged.

Housing/Homelessness

A bill using funds already in place says Iowa recovery efforts could be better coordinated after a natural disaster. (National Weather Service)

DES MOINES, Iowa - After a major weather incident like the tornado that hit Stanton in southwestern Iowa last week, water, food and shelter can suddenly be in short supply, and volunteers from faith-based and community organizations usually rally to help their neighbors. But the goal of Senate Fil ...Read More

A bill before the Assembly Judiciary Committee today would force renters to deposit rent with an attorney during eviction proceedings. (i_frontier/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO - Tenants' rights advocates are criticizing a bill getting its first hearing today in the California Legislature. It would force renters who are contesting an eviction to deposit their monthly rent in an account with an attorney. Assembly Bill 2312 would guarantee that money is set asi ...Read More

About 39,000 South Dakota children, or 18 percent, live in homes that may not have enough money to keep food on the table. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - More than 105,000 South Dakotans do not have access to enough food, according to new research that includes about 39,000 kids. This year's Map the Meal Gap report shows that across the state children are at a higher risk of food insecurity than any other age group. Kerri DeGraff, ...Read More

A new study shows increasing rents and relatively flat incomes put many Utah renters a single financial emergency away from eviction. (jitalia17/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Rapidly rising rents and relatively flat incomes are putting the squeeze on many Utah renters, especially those with moderate or low incomes. A new study from a University of Utah think tank says a flood of new apartment units is driving up those costs, and putting many renters ju ...Read More

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ ...Read More

A group of homeless people or those who have been homeless are lobbying in Jefferson City today. (Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A group of homeless people in Missouri was to visit the state Capitol today to remind lawmakers that the homeless need legislation passed to help them get back on their feet. The annual advocacy trip to the Capitol is put together by the nonprofit group ReStart. Evelyn Craig, ...Read More

Children in the Bluegrass State have it tough. According to a new report, Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, nearly double the national average. (Greg Stotelmyer)

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A new report finds that Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, which is having a devastating toll on families, especially the kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation says at 13 percent, Kentucky's rate is nearly double the national aver ...Read More

About 55,000 Nevada children are growing up absent from a parent who's in jail or prison. (iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - About 55,000 children, or 8 percent of all Nevada kids, grow up with a parent serving time in prison or jail, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation calls it a "Shared Sentence" for kids, families and communities, and says the number of children affected nationally tops ...Read More

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