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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

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PHOTO: Backers of legislation in Olympia to create new rules for small installment loans say they'd be an alternative to payday lending. Opponents say they'd mean more profit for payday lenders and cost borrowers a lot more. Photo credit: gunnar3000/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Bills to expand payday lending options in Washington have emerged from House and Senate committees, despite objections from advocates for low-income borrowers, seniors and the Washington attorney general. The bills, HB 1922 and SB 5899, would create a new type of six- to 12-month i ...Read More

PHOTO: The outcome of a case being heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court could have a big impact on health care in Colorado. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikipedia.

Denver, CO - Should the federal government be allowed to help pay for health insurance for people anywhere in the country, or only in states that have set up health exchanges? That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court today (Wed.) with King v. Burwell. Advocates of the Affordable Care Act sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Oregon schools have joined others across the country offering breakfast during first period so kids don't have to show up early for a cafeteria meal. March 3-6 is National School Breakfast Week. Photo courtesy of Chalkbeat Colorado.

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - This is National School Breakfast Week, and a chance for hunger-fighting advocates in Oregon to push for getting more meals to more kids during the school day. "Let's Do Breakfast Oregon" is a new awareness campaign to encourage more schools to serve breakfast in the first fe ...Read More

PHOTO: The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger has helped feed students regardless of socio-economic status through school breakfasts, after school snacks and summer meal programs. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DENVER – There are fewer young, rumbling bellies today in Colorado than five years ago. The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger celebrated its fifth birthday at the governor's mansion in Denver on Friday. The campaign has worked to streamline access to food stamps and expand programs ...Read More

PHOTO: Kids in a Walla Walla after-school program work on a high-altitude weather balloon. This and other enrichment programs are at risk as Congress considers ending dedicated funding for after-school and summer programs, and lets states spend federal education dollars on other priorities. Photo credit: Brent Cummings, FORWARD Space Program.
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GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. - Congress is expected to take some action this month on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), what many people know as "No Child Left Behind." It could have some big, unintended consequences for after-school and summer learning programs. Washington doesn't provide ...Read More

PHOTO: The first Monday in March kicks off with winter weather advisories for much of the state, and many Connecticut homeless shelters are already over capacity. Credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - March arrived with winter advisories for much of the state. Still the month promises to bring warmer temperatures, and few are more relieved than the volunteers and workers at shelters, nonprofits and government agencies who have been in overdrive helping the homeless. State off ...Read More

PHOTO: Schools around Indiana are celebrating the benefits of the School Breakfast Program, during  National School Breakfast Week. Experts say school breakfast is linked to improved nutrition, less absenteeism, and fewer disciplinary problems. Photo courtesy of USDA.

INDIANAPOLIS – It's National School Breakfast Week, and educational leaders are shining a light on programs that give Indiana children a healthy start to their day. Tim English, Midwest administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, says the School B ...Read More

IMAGE: The largest annual food drive in the state begins Sunday, with the March Campaign from Minnesota Foodshare. Image courtesy Minnesota Foodshare.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The arrival of March on the calendar this Sunday also marks the beginning of the state's largest annual food drive. The March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare last year raised more than $8 million and 4 million pounds of food. Director Suzanne Shatila said the goal is even higher ...Read More

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