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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Social Justice

Monday is National Law Day, and legal aid groups are offering free consultations at Ask-A-Lawyer Day in Las Vegas. (serggn/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - If you've got a legal question but can't afford an attorney, you're in luck. The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is sponsoring its fifth annual free "Ask a Lawyer" day on Monday, in honor of National Law Day. Additional attorneys from Nevada Legal Services and other groups will be a ...Read More

Wyoming is commemorating workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace. The state consistently ranks among the highest for numbers of on-the-job fatalities. (Lagereek/iStockphoto)

JACKSON, Wyo. - Wyoming workers who have been killed or injured on the job are being honored this morning at Jackson's City Council chambers. The U.S. Department of Labor recently ranked Wyoming last in the nation for workplace safety, with 37 work-related deaths in 2014. It was the deadliest year ...Read More

Anti-poverty groups are urging the Minnesota Senate to consider boosting a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for the first time in 30 years. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state Senate continues to debate its budget plan today, anti-poverty advocates are urging lawmakers to boost funding for a program aimed at helping low-income families. Supporters of the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, say the amount of cash assistance ...Read More

A four-year plan to provide job training for hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors is under review. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today is the final day for public comments on a four-year plan to continue bringing part-time jobs and training to hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors. The federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is intended to help about 300 North Dakotans who ar ...Read More

A new report shows RTD's fare structure prioritizes higher-income riders over the poor and people dependent on transit. (RTD)

DENVER - The Regional Transportation District may be basking in the glow of its successful launch of the A Train to Denver International Airport, but a new report by the Colorado Fiscal Institute takes the agency to task for failing to fulfill its mandate to serve the poor and people dependent on tr ...Read More

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ ...Read More

The California Senate Judiciary Committee passed four bills on Tuesday to limit abuses in mandatory arbitration. (gvictoria/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - If you have a credit card or a job, have ever seen a doctor or needed a nursing home, you've probably signed an arbitration agreement that requires you to give up the right to sue, and go through mediation in the event of a dispute. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary ...Read More

About 55,000 Nevada children are growing up absent from a parent who's in jail or prison. (iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - About 55,000 children, or 8 percent of all Nevada kids, grow up with a parent serving time in prison or jail, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation calls it a "Shared Sentence" for kids, families and communities, and says the number of children affected nationally tops ...Read More

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