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    PNS Daily News - November 30, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring today: world leaders converge on Paris for climate talks; the push for paid family leave could get a boost from the power of a famous name; and how local tree farms are doing much more than growing the holiday spirit.


Administrators of a New York City pilot program, which allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives, say the program is working. Credit:

NEW YORK - For years, public housing has been forbidden for many people with criminal records. But a two-year-old pilot program run by the New York City Housing Authority that allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives is showing signs of progress. So far, none of the participant ...Read More

California is failing to provide shelter for two-thirds of its homeless population. Credit: Compass Family Services

SAN FRANCISCO – California needs to do a much better job of caring for the homeless – because almost two-thirds are sleeping outside with no shelter, according to a new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The annual report takes a snapshot in time ̵ ...Read More

This portrait of caregiver Frank Ballasteros of Tucson and his Aunt Lupe was given to them as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Credit: AARP Arizona

PEORIA, Ariz. - More than half of Arizonans over age 45 are either caring for a family member or have done so in the past. That's one of the findings of a new telephone survey by AARP Arizona in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy says of the 1 ...Read More

Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson, Utah's 2015 Portrait of Care honoree, with a painting of her and her mother. Credit: AARP Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - November is Family Caregiver Month and AARP is celebrating by recognizing the 40 million Americans who help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah, says the 336,000 Utahns who selflessly give ...Read More

A new report shows many Coloradans face barriers to health-promoting activities such as walking, cycling, and accessing fresh food where they live, work and play. Credit: Wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto

DENVER - How much money you make and your ethnic background have a big impact on neighborhood infrastructure and your chances for a healthy life, according to a new report by the Urban Land Institute and Colorado Health Foundation. The survey found more than half of the state's residents say they ...Read More

Groups opposed to changes in Philadelphia's anti-deportation policy rallied at City Hall on Friday. Courtesy New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Community groups and immigration advocates are telling Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to keep his hands off the city's anti-deportation ICE Hold policy. The mayor says he wants to change the executive order that controls city cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, o ...Read More

Syrian refugees now entering the United States began the process in 2012. Credit: Voice of America News/Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, at least 26 governors have said they won't allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their states but advocates say those fears are unfounded. With millions displaced by civil war in Syria, President Obama wants the U.S. to accept 10, ...Read More

Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church

PHOENIX - In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Paris, this weekend's Eighth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner in Fountain Hills takes on a new role, that of bringing together a community riven by fears about Muslim immigrants from Syria. This week Governor Doug Ducey demanded the feds stop ...Read More

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