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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

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PHOTO: A total of $55,000 is being distributed today to the five food banks in the state thanks to a project by AARP Tennessee and Walgreens. Photo credit: Billy Brown/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The holidays are a time of giving, and one gift being presented today will help the many Tennesseans who struggle to put meals on the table. The five Feeding America food banks in the state are each receiving a check for $11,000. With more than one million people in the state fac ...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: Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, which will be the focus of a special session in the state's 2015 General Assembly. Photo credit: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a move that could help some 200,000 low-income workers in Tennessee obtain heath insurance, Governor Bill Haslam has announced his plan to expand Medicaid in the Volunteer State. According to Shelley Courington, advocacy director with AARP Tennessee, the proposal leverages fed ...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

PHOTO: Poverty is plaguing families in parts of Indiana, and community leaders, educators, counselors and others who work with children will gather today to examine solutions. Photo Credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Research finds 22 percent of Indiana's children are poor, and the problem is even greater in the southern part of the state. Today, those who advocate for children will discuss approaches to help lift Indiana families out of poverty. Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Rese ...Read More

PHOTO: The group Zero to Three and other organizations held what they called a "Rally4Babies" on Wednesday, in support of investment in child care and education. Photo courtesy Zero to Three.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Wednesday was a big day for babies and toddlers, as the White House held a summit meeting on early education and groups such as the New York-based Parent-Child Home Program advocated for continued federal funding of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of toy donations are needed for the Toys for Tots program in Wyoming. Collection boxes have been set up at local law offices, as well as many businesses and law enforcement locations. Photo courtesy of Toys for Tots.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Santa's helpers are being recruited in Wyoming to boost donations to the Toys for Tots program. Thousands of gifts are being collected at dozens of sites, with distribution set for the weekend before Christmas. The Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association has added its member offices to ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

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