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    PNS Daily News - November 30, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring today: world leaders converge on Paris for climate talks; the push for paid family leave could get a boost from the power of a famous name; and how local tree farms are doing much more than growing the holiday spirit.

Civic Engagement

During the holidays, Michiganders are urged to give back to the less fortunate in their community. Credit: Angella Thompson

LANSING, Mich. – While thinking about giving to those we love during the holidays, Michiganders can also consider giving back to the less fortunate in their communities. This Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, which Angella Thompson, vice president of retail operations, marketing and mission integra ...Read More

Florida state lawmakers have filed several anti-immigrant bills in recent weeks. Credit: Jenn Grieving/Wikimedia Commons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The national wave of anti-immigrant sentiment seems to have swept over the Florida Capitol, with a number of measures filed in recent weeks that could potentially threaten immigrant families in the state. The bills would toughen deportation proceedings, increase penalties ...Read More

Montgomery County Tax-Aide volunteers prepared more than 4,500 returns in 2015. Credit: stevepb/

GERMANTOWN, Md. – Tax day may still be months away, but in Montgomery County efforts are already underway to recruit volunteers to give free tax assistance to low and moderate-income seniors. The AARP Tax-Aide program is the largest volunteer-run tax assistance service in the country. Kath ...Read More

As Coloradans face colder weather and higher utility bills, demand for food pantry assistance increases while supplies decline at the end of harvest season. Credit: Leonie Wise

DENVER – As the days grow shorter and colder weather arrives, food pantry shelves across Colorado start to get pretty bare. Larry Martinez is deputy director of the poverty assistance organization Denver Inner City Parish, which runs a food bank on Wednesdays and Fridays. He says as famili ...Read More

Airport workers will be stepping up their campaign for better wages, benefits and union rights.  Courtesy: SEIU/32BJ

NEW YORK – For some airport workers, Thanksgiving was more than the usual family feast – it marked the end of a fast for a living wage and union rights. Workers for contractors at airports in 15 major cities began their 24-hour fast on Tuesday, one of the busiest travel days of the yea ...Read More

Thousands of Minnesotans donate time and money in the Walk to End Hunger on Thanksgiving morning. Credit: Hunger Solutions Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A lot of Minnesotans sat down for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, but not everyone in the state had enough to eat. To help with that, thousands of people at the Mall of America participated in the Walk to End Hunger. Sophia Lenarz-Coy, associate director of Hunger Sol ...Read More

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's executive order automatically restores the voting rights of thousands of felons who have satisfied all terms of their sentences. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With two weeks left in office, Gov. Steve Beshear has done what Kentucky's Legislature has refused to do - give back the right to vote to former felons who have fulfilled their sentences. Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday automatically restoring voting rights of tens of tho ...Read More

The Texas Supreme Court building. The court has established a new commission to help more low-and-middle income Texans access civil legal services. Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - Liberty and justice for all – that familiar ideal from the Pledge of Allegiance – isn't a reality for many Texans who have to face divorce, child custody, domestic violence and other legal challenges without an attorney. However, that could change if a new commission la ...Read More

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