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    PNS Daily News - August 28, 20150 


    Today’s rundown highlights issues from around the nation including: a new clean water rule blocked; with tax dollars up in flames the feds look to limit gas flaring; a decision could open the door to fast-food unions; and groups are fired up over Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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Ten years after Katrina, work still needs to be done to protect Florida from another hurricane. Credit: artboymb/iStock

AVENTURA, Fl. - Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina killed 14 people in Florida and an additional 1,800 in the other Gulf states. It remains the deadliest and most damaging hurricane in United States history. So, environmental advocates are assessing the progress made and the work still to ...Read More

Amidst this summer's devastating wildfires in Washington, a team of attorneys is offering legal assistance free of charge. Credit: U.S. Interior Department

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - As hundreds of acres continue to burn in Washington, a team of attorneys across the state is helping wildfire victims with their questions about insurance claims, repair contractors, finding public assistance and more. It's a busy summer for members of the Washington State Assoc ...Read More

A state grant for legal services will help New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS avoid homelessness and hunger. Photo credit Bex Wade/flicker.com

NEW YORK – New York state is helping families and individuals living with HIV and AIDS get access to legal services. Beyond the cost of medical care, people living with HIV face a long list of legal concerns. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $2.5 million would be distributed amo ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates say the state of New Mexico's effort to expand work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could end benefits for tens of thousands of people. Photo courtesy of the Southwest Organizing Project.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The state of New Mexico Human Services Department is proposing changes to the work rules of the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also called "SNAP" and formerly food stamps. Opponents say the action could end benefits for tens of thousands of people and ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevadans struggling to stay in their homes may have an easier go of it, thanks to the Legislature's update of the Foreclosure Mediation Program. Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Matt Cartwright.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A successful update to Nevada's Foreclosure Mediation Program, which gives distressed homeowners an option supporters say could dramatically reduce the number of foreclosures in the state, was part of this year's legislative session. Venicia Considine, a consumer rights at ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of Nevadans volunteer at food banks, hospitals, animal shelters, and schools each year, and AARP Nevada is seeking nominees for its highest honor given for volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Douglas County, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who give their time and talents to help others can be nominated for an award that recognizes the positive contribution of volunteerism. Hilarie Grey with AARP Nevada says the 2015 AARP Nevada Andrus Award for Community Service – named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Pe ...Read More

PHOTO: The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky says the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex weddings legal in all 50 states has an impact far beyond marriage. Photo credit: Lexington Fairness.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, county clerks, as directed by Governor Steve Beshear, began issuing marriage licenses. In a statement the governor indicated more adjustments to state policy would ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di ...Read More

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