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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Housing/Homelessness

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

PHOTO: It's crunch time for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's ID card program for undocumented immigrants and others who lack proper identification. The administration is rushing to issue the first 10,000 IDNYC cards by early next week, after receiving a surge in applicants when the program launched in January. Photo credit: IDNYC.

NEW YORK – It's crunch time for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's ID card program for undocumented immigrants and others who lack proper identification. The administration says it is opening two new IDNYC enrollment centers today, after receiving a surge in applicants when the program launched ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas veterans often need legal assistance, from family matters to obtaining benefits, and the Texas Supreme Court is recommending that more money be allocated to help them. Photo courtesy of US Army.

AUSTIN, Texas - The chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court delivers his State of the Judiciary before a joint session of the Texas House and Senate today, and the needs of veterans will figure prominently in the address. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said he'll speak about the efforts to improve acc ...Read More

PHOTO: Five years since the end of the Great Recession, and a new report finds that the housing crisis hasn't abated for many low-income families. Photo credit: CherylHolt/Pixabay.com

WASHINGTON - Health is a bright spot for children in a new report that looks at how kids are faring five years after the Great Recession was declared "over." The First Focus analysis found that more children have health coverage, but the housing crisis hasn't abated for many low-income families. C ...Read More

PHOTO: Two Albuquerque police officers involved the fatal shooting of a homeless man are facing possible murder charges.Photo credit: Dick Elbers/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg is pursuing murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers in the shooting death of a homeless man named James Boyd last March. The shooting occurred in the foothills of the nearby Sandia Mountains. Brandenburg announc ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama is expected to announce cuts to Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums during his speech in Phoenix today. Photo courtesy of the White House.

PHOENIX - President Obama's speech to be delivered at Central High School in Phoenix today is expected to center on expanding home ownership for all Americans. White House officials say the president will announce plans to cut mortgage insurance premiums charged by the Federal Housing Administration ...Read More

PHOTO: They put their own lives on hold for their nation, and now a new program aims to give back to those veterans who have fallen on hard times. Photo credit: ladyheart/morguefile.com.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - They served their nation and in many cases put their own lives on the line, but a large number of Missouri veterans are now homeless, which is why one nonprofit is reaching out to help connect them with the resources and skills they need to get back on their feet. Matthew Galli ...Read More

PHOTO: The nonprofit group Solar Oregon has a two-year goal to add 10,000 more homes and businesses across the state to the list of those powered by energy from the sun. A federal tax credit for solar installations is set to expire at the end of 2016. Photo credit: Farina6000/FeaturePics.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - This has been a bright year for solar power in Oregon and the more than 130 businesses around the state that are associated with it. In 2013, seven megawatts of solar electric capacity was installed statewide, and the 2014 total is expected to be higher, according to Solar Oregon. ...Read More

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