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    PNS Daily News - February 8, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast including: the presidential hopefuls eye New Hampshire; how the nation’s two-tiered justice system is benefiting corporations; and gun control laws in Maryland in limbo after an appeals court decision.

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Low-wage workers were out in force at the GOP debate in Manchester of Saturday night, demanding a commitment from the candidates to back a $15-an-hour minimum wage. (SEA)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - They unfurled a huge banner than said "Come Get My Vote." Low-wage workers were out in force at Saturday night's GOP debate and, to get their vote, they say candidates need to back a $15 an hour minimum wage. Tyler Tufts is a 32-year-old single mom who earns $8 an hour working a ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota's low-income families are pushing lawmakers to pass an increase in monthly cash assistance. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A year has passed since a state task force laid out solutions to some of the serious problems facing Minnesota's Family Investment Program, but not much has changed. Today, advocates for low-income families are in the Capitol, again asking lawmakers to implement some of the change ...Read More

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians can donate some of their state income tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the fund helps food banks distribute surplus produce to hungry Kentuckians. "We know it works,” he states. “There ...Read More

One group is demanding that presidential candidates make their positions on preserving Social Security known before the March 1 primary election. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Presidential candidates will soon be campaigning in Arkansas prior to the March 1 primary election. AARP Arkansas has launched an accountability campaign called Take A Stand, demanding the candidates present their plans on how to update Social Security for future generations. C ...Read More

A government watchdog is suggesting ways to improve high-speed Internet access for tribal and rural areas. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - The lack of access to high-speed Internet remains a big problem on tribal lands in North Dakota and across the country. A new report from the federal watchdog Government Accountability Office highlights serious barriers to setting up fast and reliable Internet connections in those a ...Read More

In Connecticut, 25 percent of households earn incomes above the poverty level but below the basic cost of living. (USDA/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Thirty-five-percent of Connecticut households are struggling just to get by, according to a new report from United Way. The ALICE Update - "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" - on housing adds to the findings of another report on the needs of low-income families issued l ...Read More

While it's praised by President Obama, some Michiganders say the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would hurt American jobs. (whitehouse.gov)

LANSING, Mich. - The fight over a controversial trade deal is not over in Michigan. On the same day 12 nations, including the United States, signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, opponents rallied in protest in Detroit and dozens of other cities Thursday night. President Obama and other supporters ...Read More

States that expanded Medicaid had greatly reduced rates of uninsured workers, while states that did not, such as Missouri, showed half as much progress. (familiesusa.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A report released this week by Families USA shows states that expanded Medicaid had, on average, a 25 percent reduction in the rate of uninsured workers. But since Missouri was one of eight states that has not expanded Medicaid since 2014, the decline was only 13 percent. Dee ...Read More

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