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    PNS Daily News - Friday November 27, 20150 

    We’re featuring a variety of topics in today’s news including: Chicago protestors demanding more information about a deadly police shooting; an innovative housing program for ex-offenders shows promise in New York; and some Black Friday deals may not be worth the hassle.

Budget Policy & Priorities

California is failing to provide shelter for two-thirds of its homeless population. Credit: Compass Family Services

SAN FRANCISCO – California needs to do a much better job of caring for the homeless – because almost two-thirds are sleeping outside with no shelter, according to a new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The annual report takes a snapshot in time ̵ ...Read More

This portrait of caregiver Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls and her husband Bob was given to Jill as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Courtesy: AARP Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With November being National Family Caregivers Month, AARP Minnesota is recognizing one of the state's nearly 600,000 people who are caring for loved ones so they can live as independently as possible at home. Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls was chosen to be honored after she s ...Read More

Bills in the General Assembly would put some schools under state control. Credit: Ad Meskens/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Education advocates say some legislators are trying to use the state budget impasse to push through bills that would diminish the control of local districts over their schools. Senate Bill 6 even would put some schools under state control. Supporters of the bill say it would resto ...Read More

Deputy USDA Secretary Krysta Harden was among those leading a trade mission to Ghana, where the agency signed agreements worth $58 million over the next five years. Courtesy: USDA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Farmers from Arkansas and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to ...Read More

A campaign to tax cigarettes more in order to lower college tuition costs in Idaho launches today. Credit:

BOISE, Idaho - A group calling itself Stop Tuition launches a petition drive today to put a measure on the ballot that would raise Idaho cigarette taxes $1.25 a pack, and use the money to send more kids to college. Supporters of the initiative note that tuition rates have soared in recen ...Read More

Environmental organizations are criticizing a move by San Diego Gas and Electric to lobby against community energy providers. Credit: Laura Musikanski/Morguefile.

SAN DIEGO – Environmental organizations are mobilizing to fight one of the state's three biggest power companies over an issue known as "community choice aggregation," a movement by cities to create nonprofit agencies to buy and sell power to consumers. San Diego Gas and Electric just announc ...Read More

There is another move to change Wisconsin's medical malpractice laws, which now say if an act of malpractice causes the death of someone 18 or older and single, there's nothing a parent can do about it. Credit: monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto

MILWAUKEE – Once again, legislation has been proposed to change Wisconsin's medical malpractice laws. Milwaukee attorney Michael End says most parents have no idea how those laws work, and are shocked to find out that if their child is 18 or older and is killed by an act of medical malpracti ...Read More

A new report shows many Coloradans face barriers to health-promoting activities such as walking, cycling, and accessing fresh food where they live, work and play. Credit: Wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto

DENVER - How much money you make and your ethnic background have a big impact on neighborhood infrastructure and your chances for a healthy life, according to a new report by the Urban Land Institute and Colorado Health Foundation. The survey found more than half of the state's residents say they ...Read More

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