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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Poverty Issues

Foster children in Michigan need the stability of a loving home while their families are in crisis.(Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Hundreds of children in Michigan are in need of families who will open up their hearts and homes. During National Foster Care Month in May, child welfare agencies are encouraging Michiganders to consider becoming a foster parent to help children whose families are in crisis ...Read More

Population growth, increased demand and a lack of budget increases are three factors contributing to Tennessee's shortage of public defenders in some jurisdictions. (Scalesofjustice/flickr.com)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – This week Williamson County made headlines when the district's public defender said her assistants will not be taking on new cases because of their existing case load. The Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference – charged with filling the state's obligation to ...Read More

Backers of the KidsCare program rally in front of the State Capitol in April. The Arizona Legislature failed to renew the program. (Children's Action Alliance)

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature has failed to renew the KidsCare program, leaving more than 30,000 of the state's poorest children without access to basic health care. Even though the federal government would have paid for the program through at least 2017, Republican leaders blocked it, s ...Read More

The topic at Montana's Equal Pay Summit in Bozeman today is the pay gap, in a state where a woman makes 74 cents on the dollar compared to a man. (Imagesource/iStockphoto)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's working women make on average only 74 cents on the dollar compared to men; the ninth-worst pay gap in the country. That's the issue being addressed today at the third annual Equal Pay Summit at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is sponsored by the Governor's ...Read More

A report from a nonpartisan organization shows those with the highest incomes in Wisconsin are paying a lower percentage in taxes than people of modest means. (Zerbor/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – While the wealthiest Americans have seen their earnings skyrocket in recent years, incomes have stagnated for many others in the country, according to Tamarine Cornelius, a research analyst for the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project. She conducted a study that concludes Wis ...Read More

An effort is under way in Indiana to get some kind of post-secondary education for more people. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Not all students consider themselves college material, but there's an effort in Indiana to change that. Tracy Butler, director of college and career counseling at the Indiana Youth Institute, says the institute has created the College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit to h ...Read More

About 39,000 South Dakota children, or 18 percent, live in homes that may not have enough money to keep food on the table. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - More than 105,000 South Dakotans do not have access to enough food, according to new research that includes about 39,000 kids. This year's Map the Meal Gap report shows that across the state children are at a higher risk of food insecurity than any other age group. Kerri DeGraff, ...Read More

Food pantries pick up the slack when low income families can't qualify for federal help. (USDA)

ST. LOUIS – More than a million people in Missouri are going hungry. The food bank network Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" report for 2016 is out, and it says almost 17 percent of the people who live in the state are food insecure, and it would take about a $500 million to meet everyone ...Read More

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