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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

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Liasing Seichow from the Asian Pacific Environmental Network speaks at a press conference Wednesday announcing the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - More than two dozen California progressive organizations announced Wednesday they're forming a new coalition called the "Building the California Dream Alliance." The groups advocate for many different issues ranging from gender equity, environmental justice, workers' rights, imm ...Read More

Foster children in Michigan need the stability of a loving home while their families are in crisis.(Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Hundreds of children in Michigan are in need of families who will open up their hearts and homes. During National Foster Care Month in May, child welfare agencies are encouraging Michiganders to consider becoming a foster parent to help children whose families are in crisis ...Read More

An audit commissioned by Reynolds American identifies instances of minors working in unsafe conditions on contracted tobacco farms in North Carolina. (fluffymuppet/flickr.com)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Children are working on North Carolina's tobacco farms – and some of them are working in hazardous conditions, according to an audit commissioned by Reynolds American of its contract farms in the Tar Heel State. The audit company – Footprint BenchStrength &# ...Read More

When it comes to the cost of child care and employment opportunities, a new analysis shows South Dakota ranks in the middle of the pack. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – With Mother's Day just around the corner, new research shows working moms in South Dakota may be having a tougher time than those in about half the country. Out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., South Dakota ranked 25th on Wallethub's "Best and Worst States for Working Mo ...Read More

Teachers such as Carol Bauer say they get joy from seeing their students get excited about learning. (York County Schools)

RICHMOND, Va. - For the best teachers, learning is an infectious joy. Ask award-winning teacher Carol Bauer how she inspires her fourth-grade class at Grafton Bethel Elementary School in York County, and she'll talk about what "we" do, not about what "I" do. "Good teachers care," Bauer has said, an ...Read More

Several fundraising events will support female candidates running for office in Missouri between now and the November election. (livingstoncountymo.com)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An effort is under way in Missouri to get more women elected to office. The Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition is holding a series of fundraisers across the state to add some campaign money to the coffers of female candidates they've endorsed. Jane Crigler, president of the ...Read More

This week is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and caregivers are encouraged to support their child's teachers in the form of volunteering, lunches or even gift cards. (albyheadrick/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina teachers increasingly report they aren't feeling appreciated when it comes to their paychecks in the Tar Heel State. According to a documentary produced by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, teacher pay has dropped by 13 percent in the past 15 years, when adjusted for inflation. Whi ...Read More

Layoffs included speech pathologists and occupational therapists. (Birmingham Culture/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 100 state employees who work for the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services were laid off on Tuesday. The layoffs included a majority of those who work as occupational therapists and speech pathologists with people with developmental disabilities, said Jen Schn ...Read More

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