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    PNS Daily News - October 13, 20150 

    On today’s rundown; the Planned Parenthood controversy taking a toll in the Sunshine State; Massachusetts lawmakers to hear from a teen fast-food worker on the minimum wage; Senator Diane Feinstein getting feedback on proposed National Monuments; and a look at how “going green” can promote self-sufficiency.

Welfare Reform

A new proposed rule would restore the rights of consumers in Nevada and the nation to file class-action legal actions if corporations such as telecom companies engage in activities that rip off consumers just a little bit at a time. Credit: Mike Clifford

LAS VEGAS - A measure is pending that should mean better protection for Nevadans when they sign up for monthly contracts on necessities such as mobile phones. Matthew Sharp, a Reno trial lawyer with the Nevada Justice Association, says the good news in the proposed change from the Consumer Financi ...Read More

The spending bill working its way through Congress could erase modest gains in the fight against poverty, according to a new analysis. Credit: Bodnarchuk/iStockphoto.

DENVER – Poverty in Colorado dropped last year by a single percentage point, but nearly one in six children in the state still lives below the poverty line, according to a new analysis of U.S. census data by the equal pay women's advocacy group 9 to 5 Colorado. Bridget Kaminetsky, the group' ...Read More

Uber is facing a slew of lawsuits by disability advocates claiming the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Credit: Anders Wiuff/

NEW YORK - Uber is under fire from those who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several lawsuits claim the company rejected guide dogs for the blind and passengers in wheelchairs. And a group of cab drivers just filed a lawsuit against New York City c ...Read More

People who receive SNAP benefits get an average of $1.40 per meal. Credit: Eric/

NEW YORK - Anti-hunger advocates have been quick to respond to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that jobs go unfilled because people in the federal food-stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, are "doing too good." The remark was qu ...Read More

One in six Texas households struggled to avoid hunger in 2014 despite a fully recovered economy, according to new report. Credit: Andrejs Zemdega.

AUSTIN, Texas - One-point-seven million Texas households experienced hunger or engaged in coping mechanisms to avoid it at some point last year. That's more than any other state except California, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Celia Cole, CEO with Feeding Tex ...Read More

Nearly a million Kentuckians are now covered by Medicaid as it turns 50 this week. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Medicaid turns 50 Thursday, and in Kentucky, with expansion under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment has swelled to 947,100 Kentuckians. Asked what she would write in an anniversary card to Medicaid, healthcare advocate Sheila Schuster said "congratulations, keep on going." She s ...Read More

Fewer Oregonians in hospital beds is one goal of the state's Health System Transformation campaign, and the latest Oregon Health Authority figures indicate it's working. Credit: Chad Hutchinson/

SALEM, Ore. - Health-care quality is improving for more people in Oregon, according to new figures from the Oregon Health Authority. Emergency-room visits are down 22 percent since 2011 among Oregon Health Plan members, according to the agency. The goal has been to get people to use Coordinated Car ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

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