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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.

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PHOTO: President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration could bring millions of additional tax dollars and job security to the state, according to a new analysis. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Worker security, a larger tax base and increased productivity are just some of the benefits immigration experts say people across Michigan and the nation stand to gain from President Barack Obama's executive order to grant work permits to some undocumented immigrants. R ...Read More

Photo: South Dakota is offering scholarships to students willing to work for 3 years. Picture by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state will partner with businessman T. Denny Sanford to begin the Build Dakota scholarship program. Sanford will donate $25 million, which the state will match. The program would provide 300 scholarships per year to students who commit to ...Read More

PHOTO: Contractors on some of the state's most important construction projects say repealing West Virginia's Prevailing Wage law is a terrible idea. Photo courtesy of Four Points By Sheraton.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Many of the state's construction contractors say repealing West Virginia's Prevailing Wage law is a terrible idea. The new Republican leadership at the legislature says it wants to do away with the law, which mandates that construction workers on public projects make the ...Read More

PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide ...Read More

PHOTO: The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows those with disabilities to establish a savings account of up to $100,000 for related expenses, without putting their benefits in jeopardy. Photo credit: Erin Sparling/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A common barrier to financial stability for individuals with disabilities is on its way out with Congressional approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience or the ABLE Act. Rik Shannon, public policy manager with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says the legisla ...Read More

GRAPH: Millions of American jobs have been lost to trade with China, including tens of thousands in Pennsylvania. Graphic courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — International trade is promoted as a job creator – and it is – but it's all about where the jobs are created. A meeting of Chinese and United States representatives is taking place this week (Dec. 16-18) in Chicago, and the topic is the trade relationship between ...Read More

PHOTO: Half of working Marylanders, at least 1 million people, don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. A task force is looking at ways to change that. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BALTIMORE - Half of working Marylanders - at least 1 million people - don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. The Governor's Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for all Marylanders has kept that fact front and center as it explores options to help people at all wage levels ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, which will be the focus of a special session in the state's 2015 General Assembly. Photo credit: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a move that could help some 200,000 low-income workers in Tennessee obtain heath insurance, Governor Bill Haslam has announced his plan to expand Medicaid in the Volunteer State. According to Shelley Courington, advocacy director with AARP Tennessee, the proposal leverages fed ...Read More

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