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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.


PHOTO: Members of the Health Care For All HelpLine Team are working overtime assisting hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility. With the deadline so close, those needing assistance are urged to head to their nearest community health center. Photo ourtesy: Health Care For All.

BOSTON - A critical deadline is at hand for hundreds of thousands in the Bay State to renew their coverage under the Medicaid program. Some already are past the deadline, but have a grace period until the end of the month. Anyone who got a letter in the mail at the start of the year notifying them ...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: A new report finds LGBT women in Indiana and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: Marius Boatca/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, th ...Read More

PHOTO: A homeless man seeks shelter in downtown Miami, where the City Commission has delayed a decision on whether to outlaw camping on public property for another month. Photo credit: xynntii/

MIAMI - In the shadows of - and in contrast to - the city's new multimillion-dollar condominiums, hundreds of Miami's homeless can be seen seeking shelter in tents. To address what he calls "safety concerns," City Commissioner Mark Sarnoff is proposing an ordinance designed to remove those tents by ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds Ohioans with low income levels are struggling to find affordable rental housing, with more than 70 percent of extremely low-income renters spending more than half of their pay on rent and utility costs. Photo credit: Gracey Stinson/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New data from The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio finds many low-income Ohioans don't have much to live on after writing a check to their landlord. The report found more than 70 percent of extremely low-income renters in the state spend more than half their pay on ren ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana has the country’s second-highest rate of incarcerated parents, and there are efforts under way to better support these children and families and break the cycle of incarceration. Photo credit: larryfarr/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Prison bars separate nearly 1,900 Indiana kids and their parents. Experts say it's a situation that can leave a lifelong imprint on a child. Rachel Halleck, director of behavioral services with Volunteers of America, Indianapolis, says the challenges these children face often stem f ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizers say the "We Rise" national day of action will focus on letting New Hampshire lawmakers know that residents of the state want a responsible budget. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

CONCORD, N.H. - Organizers say it's a chance for New Hampshire residents to send a message to the State House, and that they're tired of a rigged system that favors the wealthy and big corporations. The idea behind the "We Rise" national day of action is to put people and the planet first, said Kar ...Read More

PHOTO: The first Monday in March kicks off with winter weather advisories for much of the state, and many Connecticut homeless shelters are already over capacity. Credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - March arrived with winter advisories for much of the state. Still the month promises to bring warmer temperatures, and few are more relieved than the volunteers and workers at shelters, nonprofits and government agencies who have been in overdrive helping the homeless. State off ...Read More

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