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    PNS Daily News - January 29, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the Supreme Court temporarily blocks three Oklahoma executions; the EPA is in the news on new smog pollution standards and concerns over factory farm pollution—plus preventing ski and snow boarding deaths.

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PHOTO: It's a message with a backbeat. The rock band GOODING is playing at high schools in Colorado and across the country in order to connect with kids about the importance of financial literacy and saving money, rather than relying on payday or "same day" loans to get by. Photo courtesy of GOODING.

DENVER - It's toxic. That's the message consumer watchdog groups are sending on this "National Day of Action Against Payday Lenders." After state legislation passed in 2010, payday-lending companies have had relatively tougher laws to follow in Colorado than in neighboring states. There's now a 45 ...Read More

PHOTO: The health of some children in Arizona has suffered since the KidsCare program ended a year ago, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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PHOENIX – Thousands of children in Arizona may not be getting the medical attention they need because the state stopped funding its KidsCare program, which provided health insurance for lower income families. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families conclu ...Read More

PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat ...Read More

PHOTO: Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. Hunger relief agency workers will also be on hand to discuss the state's consistently high food insecurity rates. Photo credit: Arnold Gatilao/Wikimedia Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. That's a meal Arkansans dependent on food banks or soup kitchens are likely to eat for dinner, according to Nancy Conley, communicati ...Read More

PHOTO: The debate over expanding Medicaid in North Carolina continues. Some top state lawmakers last week indicated they are not interested in expansion, but Gov. Pat McCrory recently met with President Barack Obama to discuss possible options. Photo courtesy of the NC Museum of History.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Despite opposition from some state lawmakers, Medicaid expansion is not off the table in North Carolina. At the start of the 2015 legislative session last week, Senate Pres. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) both dismissed the idea of expans ...Read More

IMAGE: Some of the state's lowest-paid workers are making their home budget details public at a Thursday 'Fight for $15' rally at the State Capitol. They'll fill out and carry this monthly budget summary sheet to show lawmakers. Graphic courtesy SEIU Local 775.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Legislation is expected to be filed Thursday challenging the state to follow the lead of the cities of SeaTac and Seattle and raise the minimum wage. It's one reason low-wage workers, from restaurant employees to airport workers and home-care aides, are gathering in Olympia for a " ...Read More

PHOTO: A proposal to increase Idaho's minimum wage by $2.50 over two years is expected to be introduced in the Legislature. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for boosting Idaho's minimum wage say they're trying again in the state Legislature. "Lift Up Idaho," a coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase, is made up of a variety of nonprofits, charities and religious organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwe ...Read More

PHOTO: The recent arctic temperatures in Kentucky were a frigid reminder of what it takes to heat a home. Starting today, lower-income families can apply for crisis home-energy assistance. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The recent arctic blast that sent Kentuckians into a collective shiver arrived just as the window was about to open for low-income families that need help paying their bills to keep the heat on. They can now sign up for crisis home-energy assistance. It's the second phase of ...Read More

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