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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.

International Relief

PHOTO: Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis says Utah and all of the U.S. have a moral obligation to care for the tens of thousands of undocumented children arriving along the nation's southern border until their immigration status is determined. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert and state faith leaders to support efforts to temporarily house and care for 1,000 undocumented children in Utah. Dabakis says he was motivated to take action after Herbert was among several Republican governors who sen ...Read More

PHOTO: Clean drinking water could soon be a reality for nearly 50,000 Kenyans thanks to the fundraising efforts of metro Detroiters. Photo courtesy of Hope Water Project.

DETROIT - Running a marathon is tough enough, but for many hundreds of metro Detroit area runners, Sunday's Detroit Free Press Marathon was a symbolic gesture as part of their mission to bring hope to a remote part of Kenya. Water stops were abundant during Sunday's marathon, but that's not the way ...Read More

PHOTO: The average American throws out about 20 pounds of food a month, which ends up costing $300 to $500 a year. Photo credit: John Michaelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a major opportunity to address the growing global demand for food and, in Minnesota and across the United States, to slow the rising cost of groceries. According to Professor Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, huge investm ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Caravan for Peace post card.

AUSTIN, Texas - A coast-to-coast caravan of Mexican drug-war survivors is traveling through Texas this week, trying to raise awareness of how U.S. policies affect their home country. More than 110 relatives of victims of drug-cartel-related violence are also pointing out ways in which the U.S. is af ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Young undocumented immigrants in Texas now have an online clearinghouse for weighing the potential risks and benefits of applying for the new Department of Homeland  Security’s “deferred action” program.
Available In Spanish

AUSTIN, Texas - The federal program allowing certain young, undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary legal status just rolled out last week, but it's already generating excitement - and uncertainty - in Texas immigrant communities. Because "deferred-action status" is brand new, applicants are ...Read More

Arrest at Khimki forest last week, photos provided by the activists.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Activists fighting to save an old-growth forest near Moscow say they're facing a breakdown of Russian democracy, and their supporters on this side of the ocean agree. With Vladimir Putin once again the Russian president, they say construction has resumed on an illegal road throug ...Read More

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Perhaps partly because the problem has not been visible in West Virginia, it is one of only two states without a specific law against human trafficking, where people are forced into prostitution or hard labor against their will. A bill now before the State Legislature would chang ...Read More

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A powerful art exhibit opening in West Virginia this week is intended to bring home the cost of the Afghan war to the civilians in that country. Prominent Chicago mural artist John Pittman Weber helped organize "Windows and Mirrors" for the American Friends Service Committee. W ...Read More

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