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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.

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PHOTO: As tens of thousand of New Hampshire residents await the Supreme Court to decide the latest battle over the Affordable Care Act, a Granite State Family doctor says his patients are just starting to get caught up on treatment. Credit: Nicole Stackpole

CONCORD, N.H. - The nation's highest court heard an historic case this week about health coverage, and tens of thousands of Granite Staters have a major stake in the outcome. At issue is whether federal subsidies for Affordable Care Act coverage in New Hampshire and other states are illegal, becaus ...Read More

PHOTO: Silencing or deterring whistle-blowers of animal abuses at factory farms is the intent of a bill being considered by New Mexico lawmakers, that's according to Eleanor Bravo with Food and Water Watch. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Lawmakers in New Mexico are considering proposed legislation that an activist says amounts to being an "ag-gag," a term used to describe laws that seek to silence whistleblowers. Eleanor Bravo, Southwest organizer for Food and Water Watch, said Senate Bill 221 would make it a crime ...Read More

PHOTO: Senator Ed Gomes with workers as lawmakers take up the Better Jobs Act in Hartford. Credit: E. Villasante

HARTFORD, Conn. - State lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on the kinds of hours that are required for janitors and other workers to make a living wage. On the table is HB 6877, the Better Jobs Act, and Tsedeye Gebreselassie, senior staff attorney for the National Employment Law Project, told lawma ...Read More

PHOTO: A joint legislative task force found too many Oregonians have barely started to take on this challenge, saving less than $25,000 for retirement. It has proposed a simple payroll deduction savings plan for those who don't have one where they work. Photo credit: John Kwan/

SALEM, Ore. - Most Oregonians aren't saving enough for retirement and legislation, getting hearings tomorrow and Monday in Salem, proposes a way to change that. The bills create an Oregon Retirement Savings Board, to set up a retirement savings plan for those who don't have one where they work. J ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 60 volunteers are standing by at 17 locations in Wyoming to help people file their taxes, for free. The assistance is offered through the AARP Tax-Aide program. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Losing an hour this weekend because of daylight saving time probably isn't helpful for those still struggling with taxes. The tax clock is ticking, and volunteers are standing by at 17 locations in Wyoming to help people file, for free. The assistance is through the AARP T ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 780,000 Ohio children participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs, and they miss those meals when class is canceled for inclement weather. Photo credit: Chris Sampson/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many Ohio schools are delayed or closed once again because of a winter storm, but some children are missing out on more than learning when class is canceled. Last year, more than 780,000 children relied on free or reduced-price meals at school. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executiv ...Read More

PHOTO: Fast-tracked right-to-work legislation, which drew throngs of protestors to the state capitol in Madison last week, has now moved on to the assembly. Republicans say the legislation will create jobs; Democrats disagree, saying it's another attack on hard-working middle class families in the Badger state. (Photo credit: One Wisconsin Now)

MADISON, Wis. - Amid protests and rallies at the state Capitol in Madison, Senate Republicans last week passed fast-tracked legislation that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state, and now the Assembly is taking up the bill. Republican leaders say the bill sends a strong signal that Wisconsin i ...Read More

PHOTO: Minneapolis home-care worker Robin Pikala says new legislation on wage theft might have helped her when an employer went bankrupt owing her $2,000 in wages. Photo courtesy Minnesota AFL-CIO.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some Minnesota workers hope lawmakers can help protect them from having their wages stolen. Part of a package of legislation called the Working Parents Act would toughen state laws against employers who cheat or fail to pay their employees. It's designed for situations such as th ...Read More

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