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    PNS Daily News - April 28, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the State of Emergency continues in Baltimore; questions about the Senate’s Toxic Substances bill and whether it modernizes or weakens protections; plus a look at how Spokane is handling moose on the loose.

Civic Engagement

PHOTO: Arlington did well when measured by a new online interactive livability index set up by AARP. Photo courtesy of Flicker and Arlington County.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new livability index rates Arlington and four other Virginia communities as good places to "stay healthy, get around and enjoy life." AARP's new interactive online tool compares locations for housing, transportation, neighborhood services, health and the environment. It also consi ...Read More

PHOTO: People convicted of a felony would be able to vote immediately upon their release from prison or jail under a bill to be debated today in the Minnesota Senate. Photo credit: Vox Efx/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Debate is expected today in the Minnesota Senate on a bill that includes a proposal to allow people convicted of felonies to vote immediately upon their release from jail or prison. Currently, those convicted of a felony are unable to vote until they're no longer on parole, ...Read More

PHOTO: There are hundreds of thousands of Iowans with disabilities, and some of them will be at the state Capitol this week, meeting with lawmakers and learning more about how to be engaged in the political process. Photo credit: Jim Bowen/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - From every corner of the state, individuals with disabilities are converging on the Iowa Capitol today to take part in Advocating for Change Day. Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, said the day is a chance for people to meet with thei ...Read More

PHOTO: A new survey shows cities in South Dakota are good places to live. Photo credit: Greater Dakota News Service.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The AARP Public Policy Institute has released findings of its Livability Index, a feature that allows people to see how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. The index will measure down to the neighborhood level on a number of important metrics. Sara ...Read More

PHOTO: An amended gift limit is making the ethics bill just passed by the Virginia General Assembly more palatable to watchdogs. Photo of the state Capitol's interior courtesy of Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. – After passing an ethics bill that drew criticism and amendments from the governor, the Virginia General Assembly has added lawmaker gift limits to legislation that is earning guarded praise. Embarrassed by the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, the assembly passed ...Read More

PHOTO: For months, Oregon labor groups have joined others in marches and rallies against the Trans Pacific Partnership. They say the 12-nation trade agreement will cost U.S.-based jobs. Photo courtesy Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon workers will rally Saturday in six cities to keep their congressional delegation well aware of opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., brokered a deal with Senate Republicans that is expected to slow but most likely not kill th ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates in New Hampshire and the nation say Congress deserves a failing grade on the environment for the first 100 days. They say that is especially true for the GOP-led Senate. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Scrumshus

CONCORD, N.H. - Congress marked its first 100 days in session on Wednesday, and environmental groups in New Hampshire and the nation say lawmakers deserve a failing grade on key issues. Republicans in Congress say they are trying to promote economic growth by easing regulations, but according to Ro ...Read More

PHOTO: They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

OLYMPIA, Wash. - This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by stat ...Read More

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