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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Livable Wages/Working Families

Dozens of environmental groups say they're thankful protections for Florida streams and wetlands remain in place. Credit: Bandini/

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Clean water plays a vital role in Florida's environment and economy from the Everglades to the Panhandle. Dozens of environmental groups are thankful that one lawmaker took action to protect the state's water and wildlife. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted against requiring the Ob ...Read More

MomsRising is a national group urging its members to speak up this election year about improving policies for working families and children. Courtesy: MomsRising

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas parents could have a lot to say to political candidates in the coming year, and one group is encouraging them to speak up. According to the grassroots group "MomsRising," even the busiest working parents need to find time to advocate for better economic security for fam ...Read More

Analysts say North Carolina municipalities and counties should raise the minimum wage for public sector employees to boost the state's economy. Credit: Alvimann/

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a costly time of year for North Carolina families as they pay higher heating bills and prepare for the expenses of the holidays. The stress is extra hard for people making less than a living wage and a report from the Workers' Rights Project, a project of the North Carolina Ju ...Read More

Prisons, such as the Racine Correctional Institute, have been a growth industry in Wisconsin, which now spends more tax dollars on correction than on education. Credit: Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

MADISON, Wis. - A new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project suggests the state is spending too much on corrections, which is a drag on the economy and causes harm to the state's communities by splitting up families. Tamarine Cornelius, a budget analyst for the group, says Wisconsin's annual c ...Read More

North Dakotans are being urged to give wisely during Giving Tuesday.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Now that the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is winding down, the focus Tuesday will be on charitable causes. Giving Tuesday is a day when North Dakotans are asked to think about giving to strangers who are less fortunate. Annette Bauer, a spokeswoman for Salva ...Read More

As Coloradans face colder weather and higher utility bills, demand for food pantry assistance increases while supplies decline at the end of harvest season. Credit: Leonie Wise

DENVER – As the days grow shorter and colder weather arrives, food pantry shelves across Colorado start to get pretty bare. Larry Martinez is deputy director of the poverty assistance organization Denver Inner City Parish, which runs a food bank on Wednesdays and Fridays. He says as famili ...Read More

Hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families have received free winter jackets in Minneapolis. Credit: Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A month before the official start of winter, hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families in Minneapolis' Public School system have received free winter coats. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated about $25,000 to help buy some of the coats. Loui ...Read More

Mark Zuckerberg’s planned paternity leave could affect efforts to enact new paid leave legislation. Credit: Miguel Ugalde

NEW YORK - News of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's upcoming two-month paternity leave sheds a new national spotlight on the issue of paid family leave. It also comes at a time when advocacy groups in New York and several other states are pushing legislation for paid family and medical leave. Eric ...Read More

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