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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.

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PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kindergarten to Career program that encourages students to explore job options is just one of the funding recipients of the Long Island Community Foundation. The organization says 2014 has been a tough year for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy of Long Island Community Foundation.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – When federal and state funds fall short, someone has to step up and in 2014, charitable donations played a major part in addressing health and social service needs across the state. David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation, says 2014 has been a ...Read More

PHOTO: As some civil rights leaders call for congressional hearings into the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a group of concerned Michigan residents heads to Washington to attend a national march against police violence on Saturday. Photo credit: nightfall/morguefile.com.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The recent lack of indictments in the police killings of young, unarmed black men in several states has raised strong emotions in Michigan and across the nation, and one group is turning the outrage into action. The Rev. Jamie Hawley is a chaplain for the University of Michigan H ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been outspoken in his disgust with the CIA interrogation tactics used following the Sept. 11 attacks. He commented about the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Photo courtesy of Sen. McCain's office.

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain is among those condemning the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on some terrorist suspects following the Sept. 11 attacks. McCain, R-Ariz., was among several lawmakers who spoke on the Senate floor following the release Tuesday of a report from the Senate ...Read More

PHOTO: Stopping fracking on public lands in Nevada is the purpose of a protest planned Tuesday in Reno at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) public auction of oil and gas leases. Photo credit: BLM.

RENO, Nev. - A protest is planned in Reno today at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) auction of oil and gas leases that could result in fracking on public lands in Nevada. Dan Patterson, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, is among those organizing the protest. He says fracki ...Read More

PHOTO: The divide between police and their communities, and what can be done about it, is the topic of an expert panel at Indiana University Northwest. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.

GARY, Ind. - Calls for better accountability among those sworn to protect their communities have followed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Today in Gary, a panel of Indiana experts and leaders gathers to discuss the tension and controversy - and what could be done about it. Jane ...Read More

PHOTO: #GivingTuesday donations can benefit organizations like the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which works with groups like the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, pictured here. Photo credit: Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Now that the flurry of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has passed, North Carolina nonprofits are reminding residents about the chance to give to the greater good. Today is #GivingTuesday, and the goal is to inspire consumers to contribute to their communities in the form of charitable ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation to help support the 670,000 unpaid family caregivers in Minnesota is among the bills that will be considered when lawmakers reconvene in January. Photo credit: Henry Rabinowitz.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the number of Minnesotans who are family caregivers continues to increase, also growing is the complexity of the medical tasks they're doing and that's something Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to address. When the Legislature convenes in 2015, they'll consider what's called ...Read More

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