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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

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PHOTO: "What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families in order to prevent abuse and neglect. Photo credit: skitterphoto.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots." B ...Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida ranks 49th in the country when it comes to the rate of uninsured parents, and a majority of them are employed. That's according to a report released this week by Kids Well Florida and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The Florida Legislature is ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers plan to go on strike demanding living wages on tax day. Some employees made gains in recent weeks when Walmart and McDonald's announced pay raises. Photo credit: Bryan MacCormack/Left In Focus.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas workers are planning a new round of protests for higher wages on tax day. A new report from the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center has uncovered part of the hidden cost of low-wage work in America. It says when jobs don't pay enough, workers turn to public assistance to meet their bas ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just ...Read More

PHOTO: Janitors and other members of 32BJ SEIU in Connecticut will take part in "Fight for 15" actions on Wednesday in Danbury, Hartford, New London and Stamford. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

STAMFORD, Conn. - It's being called the Fight for 15, and in actions across Connecticut and the nation, low-wage workers are joining in a global effort to call attention to income inequality. Juan Hernandez, state director of 32BJ SEIU, says it takes about $26 an hour for a couple to keep up with t ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs House Bill 8, legislation that extends civil protection orders to dating partners, but doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1. Photo by Lisa Gabbard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It took those who advocate for domestic-violence victims seven years to convince Kentucky lawmakers to extend protections to dating partners. When the legislation finally made it out of the General Assembly, 137 of the 138 lawmakers voted for the bill. The legislation, House Bill 8 ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Food Research and Action Center finds that one-in-six American households said there were times they couldn't afford to buy food in 2014, many relied on community food banks such as the one above. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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DENVER - While Congress considers cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps, a new report by the Food Research and Action Center shows millions of Americans still are struggling to put food on the table. The study, "How Hungry is America?" found one-in-six American homes admitted there were t ...Read More

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