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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Civic Engagement

Some New York legislators hope to pass a bill that would allow the state to grant citizenship to immigrants. Credit: Steve White/freeimages.com

ALBANY, N.Y. - Headline-grabbing comments on immigration from 2016 presidential candidates such as Donald Trump have recharged the national debate. But while Congress drags its feet on immigration reform, some state lawmakers in New York are hoping recent interest in the issue draws support for a bi ...Read More

Immigrant-rights advocates held a vigil at the State House on Wednesday night to call attention to hate speech. Courtesy Centro Presente

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire. Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night ...Read More

Immigrant rights groups say many Latinos are angry at GOP candidate Donald Trump's treatment of a prominent Spanish-language news anchor. Credit: FIRM

NEW YORK - It was a combative exchange that lit up the Internet, and GOP candidate Donald Trump's treatment of prominent Univision reporter Jorge Ramos is getting plenty of reaction in New York. Joselo Lucero is a 41-year-old immigrant rights activist on Long Island. He saw the exchange on televi ...Read More

Security guards in Pittsburgh demand better pay and training. Credit: SEIU 32BJ

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - University of Pittsburgh students soon will be headed back to school but campus security guards there say for them it's back to poverty. At less than $9 an hour, security guards at the university are among the lowest paid in the city. This morning, dozens of guards and their sup ...Read More

Clean-government advocates are protesting a bill circulating at the state Capitol. Credit: Anita Burgemeister, Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Late last week, a state Assembly committee advanced a bill that would prevent prosecutors from investigating politicians using a John Doe probe. The legislation could be taken up by the full Legislature this fall. Opponents of the bill, including Jay Heck, executive director of Comm ...Read More

PHOTO: The New York Department of Labor has recovered almost $100 million for workers across the state since the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect in 2011. Photo credit: Scott Richard/Flickr.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Workers at a Brooklyn cleaning service say their boss took them to the cleaners, and he now faces charges of wage theft. The employees were promised $10 to $14 an hour to clean houses and apartments, working shifts up to 16 hours long, but often weren't paid what they were ow ...Read More

PHOTO: North Carolina lawmakers are considering a so-called TABOR amendment that would limit the state government's ability to raise taxes. Colorado has had such an amendment since 1992. Photo credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Colorado may be almost 1,500 miles from North Carolina, but Tar Heel State lawmakers are looking into a constitutional amendment already in place there. The North Carolina State Senate recently approved what is often referred to as a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, which wo ...Read More

A coalition is protesting at Sen. Marco Rubio's office to draw attention to vacancies on the federal district courts in Florida, and the caseload backup it says is a result. Photo credit: Serggn/iStockphoto.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dozens of members of the Florida Why Courts Matter coalition are protesting in front of Senator Marco Rubio's Orlando office today to draw attention to three vacancies in the federal district courts. Two of the judicial positions were vacated recently, but a third has been ope ...Read More

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