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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 


    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Housing/Homelessness

PHOTO: The collapsed Northridge Meadows apartment building following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's retrofitting proposal calls for strengthening thousands of similar buildings with ground-floor carports. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES – The founder of California's Great Shakeout public awareness earthquake drills says Mayor Eric Garcetti's sweeping earthquake retrofit plan for the city of Los Angeles is the most comprehensive approach to seismic safety ever undertaken in the state. U.S. Geological Survey seismo ...Read More

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo ...Read More

PHOTO: Home for Thanksgiving? Some New Yorkers say it would be nice to have a home, with food. The struggle against homelessness and hunger goes on through the holidays. Photo credit: Kyle James/Flickr.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving week finds New York nonprofits that focus on hunger and homelessness stretched tight, even two years after the havoc of Superstorm Sandy. Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, says it's been a "tough year." The food pantries and agencies ...Read More

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and ...Read More

PHOTO: The Texas Supreme Court is making an appeal for more state support for veterans and their need for legal help with VA pensions and benefits, employment, housing and family issues. Photo credit: Patrick Feller/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – They have put their lives on the line for the freedoms in this country, and among those pushing Texas to make sure the promises made to veterans are kept are the most powerful judges in the state. For many service members, the move back into civilian life can present barriers ...Read More

PHOTO: Housing and health are among the biggest challenges for many folks across the state, but that's especially true among North Dakota's veterans. Photo credit: Karen Desuyo/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tuesday is Veterans Day, and while those who served will be honored at events across North Dakota, behind the scenes many returning veterans are still struggling with a myriad of issues. Richard LeMay, director of litigation with Legal Services of North Dakota, says one big ...Read More

PHOTO: Duke Energy is proposing a plane to require smart meters be installed at all homes and businesses in their service territory. Photo credit: Anai Sikim/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS - The state's largest electricity provider wants to modernize its infrastructure, but it's a plan that comes with a price for customers. The Indiana Regulatory Commission is taking comments on Duke Energy's $1.87 billion infrastructure improvement case, which includes the mandatory in ...Read More

PHOTO: Crafting policies that can narrow the historically high income gaps in Oregon and the U.S. is a focus of this week's Neighborhood Partnerships RE:conference in Salem. Photo credit: abluecup/iStockphoto.com

SALEM, Ore. – When communities put the right programs and policies in place, they can spark progress for families. This week, a two-day conference in Salem examines what Oregon could be doing to make the biggest impact. The Oregon nonprofit group Neighborhood Partnerships calls it a RE:confe ...Read More

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