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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Livable Wages/Working Families

PHOTO: For months, Oregon labor groups have joined others in marches and rallies against the Trans Pacific Partnership. They say the 12-nation trade agreement will cost U.S.-based jobs. Photo courtesy Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon workers will rally Saturday in six cities to keep their congressional delegation well aware of opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., brokered a deal with Senate Republicans that is expected to slow but most likely not kill th ...Read More

PHOTO: The waiting list for Wyoming Home Services soon will be cleared, thanks to a funding boost approved by the Wyoming Legislature. Photo credit: Robert1234/

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The wait soon will be over for Wyomingites who have requested assistance from a program that helps people age at home, instead of going to a nursing home. The Wyoming Legislature approved a $200,000 increase in funding for the Wyoming Home Services Program. That money will help aro ...Read More

PHOTO: They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

OLYMPIA, Wash. - This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by stat ...Read More

GRAPH: The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy says the state's tax system lands unfairly on poor and middle-income households. Graph courtesy of WV-COBP.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia lawmakers consider reforming the state's tax code, the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy is arguing that it needs to be made fairer to low- and middle-income families. Over time, said Ted Boettner, executive director of the center, the state's tax system ...Read More

PHOTO: Low wage workers, including Laura Rollins of Fort Lauderdale, will be gathering today to support $15 an hour wages from corporations like McDonald's. Photo courtesy: Rollins

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Today as millions of Floridians breathe a sigh of relief for the end of tax season, hundreds of Florida workers will be participating in rallies to fight for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Laura Rollins of Fort Lauderdale has worked for McDonald's ...Read More

CHICAGO - Today, thousands of Illinoisans are taking part in one of the largest demonstrations by U.S. workers seeking higher pay. Fast food workers in Chicago and other cities will walk off the job, while adjunct professors, home care, airport and other low wage earners will march and rally deman ...Read More

PHOTO: In an effort to help those who face possible tax penalties because they have not obtained health insurance, Kentucky has opened a special enrollment period for its health exchange, known as Kynect, through the end of the month. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Unlike some states, Kentucky has embraced the Affordable Care Act, along with expanding Medicaid and aggressively pushing the state-based health insurance exchange Kynect. The commonwealth has also opened a special enrollment period through April 30. In a message to Kentuckians wit ...Read More

PHOTO: Women are not worth less. That's the message supporters of equal pay legislation will once again bring to the Michigan Capitol today, wearing red to symbolize the fight to get women's salaries out of the red. Photo courtesy of Michigan Equal Pay Coalition.

LANSING, Mich. - It will be a sea of red Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol, as organizations from across the state rally together and wear scarlet to denote the fight to get women's wages "out of the red." Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men e ...Read More

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