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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 


    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Livable Wages/Working Families

GRAPH: With most workers in Minnesota and across the U.S. now in charge of their own retirement with IRAs and 401(k)s, the Department of Labor has proposed that all brokers and financial advisers who provide retirement advice should be subject to a fiduciary duty. Graph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The way retirement is funded for most Minnesotans has changed dramatically over the past few decades and with workers taking on more of the liability and risk, efforts are underway to better protect their savings. Public comments are now being taken on a proposal from the U ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Jay Inslee has been putting in some long days and evenings, along with members of the Washington Legislature, and they're still not quite done with education-related issues and how to fund them.  Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee calls the operating budget he signed into law this week "forward-thinking, responsible and fair." Most Washingtonians would add, '...and a long time coming,' after multiple special sessions and votes that aren't quite over. Bernal Baca is the government affa ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

PHOTO: A new law in Washington state will require nursing homes to have enough staff on duty to give each resident 3.2 hours of direct care daily, starting in July 2016. Photo courtesy University of South Florida.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed what is known as "safe staffing" legislation for nursing homes. The bill was proposed after persistent concerns that at too many facilities, too few caregivers are on hand to meet the needs of residents, and that both groups' safety is at risk as a result ...Read More

PHOTO: Cooling assistance is available during the hot summer months for some of Ohio's most vulnerable residents. The Summer Crisis Program begins July 1 and runs through August 31. Photo credit: Mr. TinDC/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohioans try to beat the heat this summer, help is available for some vulnerable residents who struggle to stay cool. The state’s Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program begins Wednesday. It provides a one-time benefit to help offset the costs of higher electric ...Read More

PHOTO: A new initiative in 25 cities, including Chicago, is working to promote economic success for veterans and their families through educational and employment opportunities. Photo credit: U.S. Army Material Command.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - There are an estimated 76,000 post-9/11 veterans living in Illinois, a number that's expected to rise as more return home. Experts say these veterans face a multitude of challenges, including an economy with limited job openings. The director of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Offic ...Read More

PHOTO: The longer a person is out of work, the harder is it to land a job, but a program being offered again in Nevada is finding success in helping the long-term unemployed. Photo credit: eetalparekh/Flickr.

LAS VEGAS – While economic conditions have been improving in Nevada since the end of the Great Recession, there are still many people struggling to find permanent work. A program now taking applications aims to address that problem. It's called Platform to Employment or P2E. It addresses the ...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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