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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Women's Issues

PHOTO: Women are not worth less. That's the message supporters of equal pay legislation will once again bring to the Michigan Capitol today, wearing red to symbolize the fight to get women's salaries out of the red. Photo courtesy of Michigan Equal Pay Coalition.

LANSING, Mich. - It will be a sea of red Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol, as organizations from across the state rally together and wear scarlet to denote the fight to get women's wages "out of the red." Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men e ...Read More

PHOTO: April 14 is Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the new year a woman must work to match the amount of money a man earned the prior year. On average, women earn 78 cents for every $1.00 a man earns. Photo credit: Rupert Ganzer/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Women continue to be paid less than men in Ohio and other states, and Equal Pay Day aims to call attention to this persistent inequity, in part by utilizing today's date: April 14. The date represents how far into the new year a woman needs to work in order to match the amount of m ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs House Bill 8, legislation that extends civil protection orders to dating partners, but doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1. Photo by Lisa Gabbard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It took those who advocate for domestic-violence victims seven years to convince Kentucky lawmakers to extend protections to dating partners. When the legislation finally made it out of the General Assembly, 137 of the 138 lawmakers voted for the bill. The legislation, House Bill 8 ...Read More

PHOTO: Whether dealing with a sick child, other family member or a personal illness, Michiganders would be able to take paid time off under legislation that has been introduced in the state House and Senate. Photo credit: elinluna/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - For millions of Michiganders, taking a day off work because of their own or a family member's illness simply is not an option, but a broad coalition says changing that would make for a safer, healthier, more prosperous state. Legislation introduced in the state House would make pai ...Read More

PHOTO: Hands-on environmental education for children is the goal of ECO Center, whose founder, Emily Olliverdes, is among the Ohio women honored by the National Wildlife Federation for their role in conservation efforts. Photo courtesy of Chris Maxie, NWF.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio women are taking the lead in protecting the environment and reducing the impact of climate change, which is why they were honored this week by the National Wildlife Federation. Trish Demeter, managing director of energy and clean-air programs for the Ohio Environmental Council ...Read More

Photo: New research shows that maternal comforting can't compensate for emotional damage and stress caused by physical punishment of a child. Photo credit: hotblack/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, many Tennessee children are rejoicing because it's spring break, but the time off from school may wear on the patience of some parents. A new study from Duke University warns against resorting to physical punishment. In the study of 1,000 children and mothers ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill in the North Carolina State Assembly proposes criminalizing women for using drugs while pregnant. Women advocates insist there's a better way to confront the problem. Photo credit:

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina women who bear a child born addicted to or harmed by drugs could face criminal prosecution, if a bill proposed in the state Assembly passes and is signed into law. Lynn Shoemaker, advocacy and issues director for Women AdvaNCe, a nonpartisan institute that advocates f ...Read More

PHOTO: Currently, pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and therefore the agency does not waive the open enrollment period requirement for women under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - If a woman in Tennessee gets pregnant while not covered by insurance, she is not eligible to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act outside of the open-enrollment period. Pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Se ...Read More

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