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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 

    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Children's Issues

PHOTO: The Oregon Foster Youth Connection says foster families often don't have enough money to supply equipment, transportation and other costs so kids can participate in extracurricular activities. The group will ask the Oregon Legislature to help. Photo credit: surpasspro/

PORTLAND, Ore. – The process of seeing a new law passed can be long and complicated, but it's a challenge foster children in Oregon are taking on – even some children who aren't old enough to vote. Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection are current and former foster children, ag ...Read More

PHOTO: Changes could be coming to federal laws on juvenile incarceration, as Congress is expected to take up a revision of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Wisconsin juvenile advocates have long said locking up kids is not the answer to the problem. Photo courtesy of

MADISON, Wis. - Just as changes may be coming to Wisconsin's laws on juvenile offenders in the upcoming legislative session, changes may be happening at the federal level as well. Since 1996, Wisconsin law has required that 17 year olds automatically be sent to adult court, which child advocates say ...Read More

PHOTO: They're the perfect size and don't require a lot of shopping around, but experts say giving lottery tickets to teens as holiday gifts is a bad bet. Photo credit: J. Money/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the shopping time left before Christmas quickly nears an end, a reminder to parents in Minnesota that lottery tickets should not end up as stocking stuffers in the last minute rush for gifts. Psychologist and marriage/family therapist Sharon Davern says it may seem like harmless ...Read More

PHOTO: A growing number of Texas teens who are aging out of the foster care system are finding support in making the transition into adulthood. Photo credit: Kevin D/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Success is being found in efforts to help the hundreds of Texas foster teens who are aging out of the system each year with the often tough transition into adulthood. The Preparation for Adult Living or PAL Program assigns case workers to help foster youth prepare for life on their o ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget approach is winning praise for what is being called a balanced approach - cuts mixed with closing tax loopholes and a big influx of federal healthcare money. Photo by Pierre Courtois for the Library of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Some budget watchers say they are impressed with what they see as Gov. Terry McAuliffe's balanced approach to Virginia's finances. Last week the governor unveiled a budget plan that closes the state's funding gap with a mixture of cuts, closed tax loopholes and a big addition ...Read More

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo ...Read More

PHOTO: The Look Through Their Eyes campaign educates Illinoisans about the signs of childhood trauma, and connects parents and caregivers of children who have experienced trauma to professionals, programs and resources. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkinson/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Many children look forward to the holidays, but the season is sometimes not so magical for those who are victims of trauma. An estimated 42 percent of Illinois children ages 17 and younger have experienced one or more adverse family events. Anne Studzinski, managing direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Shyne Brown of Doddridge County says both of his daughters have used services provided by the state Family Resource Network. He says West Virginia should provide a steady funding stream for the programs. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The agenda for the Our Children Our Future initiative in the upcoming West Virginia legislative session is heavy on prevention, in part because experts say prevention works in ensuring stable, long-term heath for children. Part of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coal ...Read More

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