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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Immigrant Issues

PHOTO: The health of family budgets is front and center in California's Assembly and Senate Committees on Health, considering bills to prevent people from being hit with unexpected out-of-network charges and big co-pays in health insurance. Photo credit: imelenchon/morguefile.com.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Changes to some health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act are winding their way through the California Legislature. The bills aim to free patients from surprise charges and outrageous co-pays. The Senate Committee on Health just passed a bill requiring health ins ...Read More

PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se ...Read More

PHOTO: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in a challenge to President Obama's executive actions that can help some undocumented immigrants in Nevada and elsewhere remain in the U.S. temporarily. Photo courtesy of whitehouse.gov

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The ACLU of Nevada is among about 150 organizations asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an injunction which temporarily halted President Obama's immigration programs. The court is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in the multi-state legal challenge over the ...Read More

PHOTO: The White House’s immigration reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. Photo credit: SEIU/CC.

NEW YORK - The White House's immigration-reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a task force to ...Read More

PHOTO: New York's budget has been finalized, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo lost a fight to include the Dream Act – a popular measure that would have offered college tuition assistance to thousands of undocumented immigrant children. Photo credit: Antonio R. Villaraigosa/CC.

NEW YORK - New York's budget has been finalized, but Governor Andrew Cuomo lost a fight to include the Dream Act, a popular measure that would have offered college tuition assistance to thousands of undocumented immigrant children. Lawmakers are now pressuring the governor to push the bill through ...Read More

PHOTO: Special enrollment is still available for thousands in the Bay State to get care under the Affordable Care Act, but they need to act soon. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - It's true the door shut on the second open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but advocates say there are still opportunities for thousands in the Bay State to get covered. Senior policy analyst at Health Care For All Suzanne Curry says special enrollment i ...Read More

PHOTO: A New York school district has agreed to end policies that made it difficult — and in some cases impossible — for immigrant children to enroll as students, following an investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo credit: Supersonic Criminal/Flickr

NEW YORK - A New York school district has agreed to end policies that made it difficult - and in some cases impossible - for immigrant children to enroll as students, following an investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In an agreement with Schneiderman, the Hempstead Union Free School ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama administration filed an appeal Monday to restart the president's executive action on immigration, a move advocates say could help about 70,000 undocumented Long Islanders. Photo courtesy of the White House.

NEW YORK - The Department of Justice filed an appeal Monday in an effort to restart President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins, says the filing asks the Fifth Circuit court to overturn last week's ruling by a district judge in ...Read More

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