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    PNS Daily News - March 2, 20150 

    We’re featuring stories on several topics including: retailers feeling the pressure after Wal-Mart’s wage increase; nuclear waste clean-up concerns in Idaho; and why a good night’s sleep is just a dream for many Americans.

Family/Father Issues

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau has come up with a supplemental calculation to update the Federal Poverty Level created in the 1960s. A new report says it underscores the importance of safety-net anti-poverty programs that effectively shift the child poverty rate in Washington from 28 percent to 13 percent. Photo credit: Photobunny/

SEATTLE - The federal poverty level is outdated, according to a report that recommends a newer calculation developed by the U.S. Census Bureau for a more accurate picture of families in need. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report says what's known as the "Supplemental Poverty Measure" is more rea ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: Suzanne Hanlon/Flickr

NEW YORK - Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The group used a new tool for calculating poverty rates, instead of the official measure, and found federal assistance has made a big difference ...Read More

PHOTO: The picture of child poverty in Michigan and across the nation isn't accurately reflected with the current government measuring tool, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: gracey/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Most people agree children should not grow up in poverty. How to measure what constitutes poverty, and how to best tackle it, is the subject of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The current official measure of poverty dates back to 1960 and doesn't take into account ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This illustration shows Wisconsin's huge disparity between children of color living in poverty and white children living in poverty. A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report describes a more useful way of measuring poverty and identifying programs that are effective in fighting it. Image courtesy of Wisconsin Budget Project.

MADISON, Wis. - A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that using a new system of measuring poverty called the Supplemental Poverty Measure would enable policymakers to arrive at better decisions about which programs really work to help reduce poverty. Jim Moeser, deputy d ...Read More

PHOTO: The Indiana House is expected to vote on the CARE Act this week, legislation to better integrate the family caregiver into their loved one's hospital discharge process. Photo credit: Rosie O'Beime/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Family caregivers face a taxing and often complicated job as they navigate the medical needs of a loved one. The Indiana House is expected to vote on a measure this week that could make life a little easier. The CARE Act would help to better integrate a person's caregiver into their ...Read More

PHOTO: On College Goal Sunday, Indiana students and their families can get free assistance filling out the FAFSA form, which is necessary to be considered for grants, scholarships and student loans. Image credit:ArenaCreative -

INDIANAPOLIS — This weekend, financial aid experts are lending a hand to Indiana's college-bound students. During College Goal Sunday, volunteers at three dozen sites statewide will help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Statewide coord ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates say Gov. Dannel Malloy's new budget will double the share cost for caregivers help for at risk seniors. Courtesy AARP/Istockphoto/Alexis Rathis

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy unveiled his new $40 billion budget on Wednesday, and advocates say it spells bad news for caregivers and the frail Connecticut seniors who need them. Claudio Gualtieri, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Connecticut, says the budget will doubl ...Read More

PHOTO: State Rep. Joni Jenkins is urging lawmakers to pass a bill to enable victims of domestic violence, stalking or assault to break their rental lease. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill introduced in the state Legislature would give survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault the ability to get out of a home or apartment lease. Filed by state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, House Bill 405 says that in order to break a lease, the person has to b ...Read More

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