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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Welfare Reform

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that one in seven Kentuckians relied on a food bank in the past year to help them put food in their pantry. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - How hungry is Kentucky? A new report from Feeding America finds that more than 3.5 million food distributions were made this year to more than 209,000 Kentucky households. That's one in every seven Kentuckians turning to a food bank for help. "We keep hearing that the Great Recessi ...Read More

Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop delivers healthy food to the Coalition Against Hunger. Credit: Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles just wrapped up a month-long online food drive in which fans could purchase healthy foods of their choice that will stock two sites known as Green Light Pantries. Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says ...Read More

PHOTO: LeAnna Watson obtained health insurance coverage through kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace, and is now helping others sign up. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Watson.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Cancer survivor LeAnna Watson shares her own story of having lived without health insurance as she now helps others enroll in Kentucky's health benefit exchange, known as "kynect." She's what's called a "kynector," one of nearly 1,500 people statewide who are trained helpers. As W ...Read More

PHOTO: A high percentage of people age 50 or older in Oregon don't apply for SNAP or food-stamp benefits even though they are eligible. For Hunger Action Month, AARP Oregon is calling attention to the need in this age group, particularly folks ages 50-59. Photo credit: Daniel Root for Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of people in Oregon age 65 or older who qualify for the SNAP or food-stamp program don't sign up, according to a report from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. In all but five Oregon counties, the study found, fewer than half of the eligible seniors receive federal food a ...Read More

IMAGE: Several groups are asking Ohio's governor to reverse a decision to not extend a work requirement waiver for SNAP benefits to all counties. Graphic courtesy of USDA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is being asked to reverse course on a decision that has cost thousands of Ohioans federally-funded food aid. Because of the recession, from 2007 to 2013, Ohio requested a statewide federal waiver of work requirements for childless adults without a job in need o ...Read More

PHOTO: Social workers are starting to navigate the topic of improving their clients' financial health with an online toolkit first tested in Oregon. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

EUGENE, Ore. - A new online toolkit that was tested in Oregon is showing social service case managers how to talk about and help improve their clients' personal finances. Groups and agencies that advise lower-income Oregonians about the assistance they need can now also offer options on achieving a ...Read More

PHOTO: The minimum wage in California is going up $1 starting July 1st. The increase from $8 to $9 an hour is the first increase in the state's minimum wage since 2008. Photo credit: San Jose State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's minimum-wage workers are getting a bump in pay. Beginning Tuesday, the state's minimum wage is increasing from $8 to $9 an hour. In 2016, the minimum wage will jump to $10 an hour under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year. The bill's author, Assem ...Read More

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