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    PNS Daily News - October 9, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; Republicans attempt to regroup in their failed quest for a new House Speaker; Connecticut’s highest court says “no” to reconsidering the death penalty; plus an update on protections for exotic animals.

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Thousands of Syrians are displaced as a result of the country's civil war. Some are expected to arrive in Tennessee in the next few months. Credit: United Nations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee will likely receive some of the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Barack Obama says the U.S. will admit for resettlement over the next 12 months. The Tennessee Office for Refugees, based in Nashville, is waiting for more information on the families it will help reloca ...Read More

More than 500 people have signed up for a group "selfie" with a "Refugees Welcome" banner on the Idaho Statehouse steps Saturday. Credit: Joshua Wiese.

BOISE, Idaho - Refugees are a top news headline around the world, as well as here at home, with debate over resettlement programs and the thought-to-be accidental fire that destroyed the Boise International Market. Two Boiseans have organized a gathering on the Idaho Statehouse steps for Saturday, ...Read More

The use of coal by Chinese power plants fell by as much as 3.5% last year and looks likely to continue falling. Observers say the government there wants to clean its nortoriously dirty air. Photo by Tobias Brox/Wikimedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 percent ...Read More

PHOTO: A nonprofit organization in Utah is helping build temporary schools in several areas of earthquake-ravage Nepal. Photo courtesy of CHOICE Humanitarian.

WEST JORDAN, Utah - Utah-based CHOICE Humanitarian is helping to rebuild schools in Nepal following the massive earthquake and strong aftershock earlier this spring that killed more than 8,000 people. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck April 25 destroyed an estimated 4,500 schools, said Chris ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kenyan university student inspired by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai has spent the past five months learning about reforestation by planting spruce trees in West Virginia. Photo courtesy of CASRI.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Kenyan college student is getting ready to take home lessons he learned over five months working in West Virginia's spruce reforestation. University of Nairobi political science major Mart Kabochi, 22, has been in the state since the beginning of the year and has worked as an ...Read More

PHOTO: As Washington becomes more diverse, workshops are being held in schools across the state to acquaint teachers and school personnel with refugee customs and experiences, and help them relate to the new students and families in their area. Photo credit: kobby_dagan/
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SEATTLE - As Washington's population becomes more diverse, there's a greater need to understand what refugees go through, to help them adapt. School's Out Washington is sponsoring training to explain the issues faced by refugees to teachers and other school workers. Beth Farmer, a licensed indepen ...Read More

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

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