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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 

    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

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PHOTO: Legislation that would triple the waiting period for an abortion, from one day to three, is expected to move forward in the North Carolina Senate. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Among the backlog of bills in the North Carolina General Assembly this session, one that is making progress would triple the wait time for a woman seeking an abortion to three days. The legislation (HB 465) passed the House last week and is expected to move on to the State Se ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Policy Matters Ohio finds a proposal in the Ohio House could make it more difficult for low-income families to obtain and maintain health insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion. Photo credit: Alex E. Proismos/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new state budget proposal would undermine Ohio's expansion of Medicaid, according to a new report by the research institute and advocacy group Policy Matters Ohio. The House version of the two-year budget directs the state to pursue a waiver of Medicaid rules to implement ...Read More

MAP: A new report finds that raising the state’s minimum wage would actually create more jobs, and it says in some counties as many as thirty percent of employees would get a boost. Map by the Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Not only would raising the state's low-end pay not cost jobs, a new analysis finds a $10.10 Pennsylvania minimum wage actually would add thousands of jobs. Mark Price, an economist at the Keystone Research Center who did much of the research, says for years people assumed r ...Read More

PHOTO: More cash in workers' pockets? The Los Angeles City Council is considering raising the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, up from the state minimum of $9. Photo credit: jppi/

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council is poised to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15.25 an hour. The move, which is expected in the next few weeks, would affect almost three-quarters of a million workers in the city. The current statewide minimum wage is $9 an hour, which equa ...Read More

PHOTO: LG&E and KU, sister power companies serving more than a million Kentuckians, have agreed to drop their request for a 67 percent increase to their customers' basic service charge. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will not be hit with a hefty increase in their basic service charge - the monthly fee they pay before even using a watt of electricity. The sister utilities have agreed to drop their request for a 67-percent increase t ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of groups from across the state, including those representing nurses, hospitals and health centers, are voicing opposition to a plan in the Minnesota House to eliminate MinnesotaCare. Photo credit: Army Medicine/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the Minnesota House expected to begin its budget proposal debate on Tuesday, a plan to help pay for tax cuts by eliminating the public health program MinnesotaCare is facing strong opposition from a growing coalition of organizations statewide. Laura Sayles, government affair ...Read More

PHOTO: A San Antonio chef has been feeding the area's homeless for over a decade, but police recently gave her ticket with a potential fine of $2,000 for allegedly violating a city ordinance. She plans to contest it, citing freedom of religion. Photo credit: Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Joan Cheever has been serving restaurant-quality food to San Antonio's homeless and poor every Tuesday since 2005, but in early April she was served with a $2,000 citation for allegedly breaking a city ordinance – serving food from a vehicle not licensed as a food truck. ...Read More

PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se ...Read More

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