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    PNS Daily News - November 25, 20150 

    Among the stories on today’s nationwide rundown; a night of protests in Chicago following the release of video that shows a police officer fatally shooting a teenager; we’ll tell you why some folks in Michigan say it’s time to take back Thanksgiving; and as many prepare to take the family on the road, a new system is being tested to track wrong way drivers.

Family/Father Issues

This portrait of caregiver Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls and her husband Bob was given to Jill as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Courtesy: AARP Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With November being National Family Caregivers Month, AARP Minnesota is recognizing one of the state's nearly 600,000 people who are caring for loved ones so they can live as independently as possible at home. Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls was chosen to be honored after she s ...Read More is aimed at giving everyone the chance to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. Credit: Arielle Jay/

LANSING, Mich. - For more than 200 years, American families have gathered on Thanksgiving to reflect and show appreciation for one another. But some Michiganders say retailers are undercutting the true meaning of the holiday by opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Annie Zirkel of Ann Arbor foun ...Read More

This portrait of caregiver Frank Ballasteros of Tucson and his Aunt Lupe was given to them as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Credit: AARP Arizona

PEORIA, Ariz. - More than half of Arizonans over age 45 are either caring for a family member or have done so in the past. That's one of the findings of a new telephone survey by AARP Arizona in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy says of the 1 ...Read More

Dozens of adoptions will be finalized during Michigan Adoption Day. Courtesy: Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, Mich. - Adoptive families will be honored at courts around the state as part of Michigan Adoption Day. Today, dozens of adoptions are being finalized in special ceremonies as part of the yearly celebration. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge David Viviano explains the events highlight the ...Read More

The Texas Supreme Court building. The court has established a new commission to help more low-and-middle income Texans access civil legal services. Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - Liberty and justice for all – that familiar ideal from the Pledge of Allegiance – isn't a reality for many Texans who have to face divorce, child custody, domestic violence and other legal challenges without an attorney. However, that could change if a new commission la ...Read More

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

A new report says wage theft is robbing millions of New Yorkers of billions of dollars. Advocates say communities with large populations of immigrant workers such as New York City and Long Island are ripe for this fraud. Courtesy: Make the Road New York

NEW YORK - A new report says millions of New Yorkers are being ripped off every day by companies that cheat them out of wages and other benefits they should be earning. Kate Hamaji is a research associate at the Center for Popular Democracy, which issued the report. She says they found companies ...Read More

Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson, Utah's 2015 Portrait of Care honoree, with a painting of her and her mother. Credit: AARP Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - November is Family Caregiver Month and AARP is celebrating by recognizing the 40 million Americans who help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah, says the 336,000 Utahns who selflessly give ...Read More

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