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    PNS Daily News - October 9, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; Republicans attempt to regroup in their failed quest for a new House Speaker; Connecticut’s highest court says “no” to reconsidering the death penalty; plus an update on protections for exotic animals.

Poverty Issues

Previous bids to raise Florida's minimum wage have failed, but supporters of the measure are not giving up. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile

MIAMI - Could you live on just $17 per day? After trying it for a week, some Florida lawmakers say no one should. State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, was among those who completed the minimum-wage challenge, which simulates the struggles low-wage workers experience every day. The state's current mi ...Read More

The Family Resource Center at Emma leads groups, including Motheread, which teaches the importance of reading between a mother and child. Norma Duran Brown leads the class (right). Credit: Children First

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - As many people wait for the economic recovery to benefit them, communities across the state count on family resource centers to help support parents in the form of food-and-clothing access, parent education and after school care. Since public schools touch the lives of millions ...Read More

Placement with a relative can minimize trauma for foster children. Credit: kamuelaboy/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - While there is always a need for foster parents in Indiana, state officials say the need is especially great this year. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services there are over 18,000 children in the state's care, about four thousand more than at this time last year. Spo ...Read More

Eau Claire Democrat Dana Wachs is working on legislation to replace the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which was killed by the U.S. Senate last week. Credit: Wisconsin State Legislature

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Legislation which would have extended the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provided financial assistance to more than half a million students throughout the country, was blocked last week in the U.S. Senate. Eau Claire Representative Dana Wachs, the ranking Democratic member ...Read More

More than 130,000 Coloradans have benefited from the state's decision to accept Medicaid expansion work in industries critical to the state's economy, according to a new study. Credit: Sturti/iStockphoto.

DENVER – The Affordable Care Act has had a big impact on workers who don't get health insurance through their jobs, at least in some states. Since Colorado decided to expand Medicaid coverage last year, almost 68 percent of Coloradans benefiting from the program are workers – according ...Read More

Illinois Fair Trade Campaign members warn the TPP could hurt jobs across the state. Courtesy: IFTC.

CHICAGO – With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a step closer to becoming reality, some advocacy groups say the trade deal could end up hurting some Illinois residents' jobs and health. Twelve countries in all, including the United States, agreed Monday on what's being called the largest r ...Read More

A new Chicago museum exhibit brings a human face to public housing. Credit: NPHM

CHICAGO – A Chicago museum is hoping its latest exhibit will help change hearts and minds when it comes to public housing. Over the weekend, the National Public Housing Museum unveiled its We, Next Door project. Museum Curator Todd Palmer says the museum co-created the project with a group ...Read More

Reproductive health physicians say increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. Credit: Tomas Sereda/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. That's according to a global federation of women's health physicians meeting in Vancouver, Canada this week. Tracey Woodruff is professor and director of the U ...Read More

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