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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: President Obama mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; California is having a monumental moment; for college students, it’s time to think about financial aid.

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At least 60 health, business and nonprofit groups are supporting Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - At least 60 businesses, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are now backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's ideas to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. The group is calling itself "It Makes Sense for South Dakota." Supporters say the expansion plans will not increase the state's general bud ...Read More

Domestic-violence shelter usage in Connecticut has doubled since 2008. (CMY Kane/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's domestic-violence shelters are consistently full, according to a report released Tuesday. Karen Jarmoc, CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says since 2008, the number of women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence has doubled. O ...Read More

There are practical, affordable ways to cover the state’s undocumented immigrant population, says New York's Community Service Society. (Tomasz Kobosz)

NEW YORK - Undocumented immigrants aren't covered under the Affordable Care Act, leaving about 457,000 people ineligible for coverage in New York alone. A new report from the Community Service Society, which advocates for impoverished New Yorkers, outlines what it calls "practical and affordable" ...Read More

U.S. immigration officials say they are taking a hands-off policy toward churches that provide sanctuary to refugees who could be deported. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - A church in Texas has given a Guatemalan refugee sanctuary and is hoping that more religious organizations will follow suit. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas has taken in a woman who church officials will only call Hilda. She says she came to the U.S. to escape vio ...Read More

A proposal for $41 million in President Obama's budget proposal would help New Mexico and others clear the backlog of untested rape kits. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Victims advocacy groups are hailing the inclusion of $41 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, also called rape kits, across the United States. In New Mexico, a 2015 audit discovered more than 5,400 ...Read More

It's estimated one in five Indiana kids has been contacted by a predator on social media, and many of them have no idea it's happened. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - Social media is here to stay and, while there are many positive aspects of being online, there are also some dangers especially for children. In Indiana, it's estimated that one in five children has been contacted online by a sexual predator. Those statistics come from the Morgan Cou ...Read More

A report finds the Ohio Department of Education needs to review the use of restraint and seclusion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report says better enforcement is needed on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. The recommendations in the research from Disability Rights Ohio highlight data in a 2015 report which found wide gaps in enforcement of a rule restricting the use of the practices. Kr ...Read More

About 88,000 Nevadans signed up for health insurance through Nevada Health Link during the last open enrollment period. (Arizona PIRG)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The numbers are in and 88,000 Nevadans enrolled or re-enrolled in health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, known as Nevada Health Link, in the past three months. Health care advocates say they're very pleased with the progress made during the third annual open ...Read More

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