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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 

    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Poverty Issues

Security guards in Pittsburgh demand better pay and training. Credit: SEIU 32BJ

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - University of Pittsburgh students soon will be headed back to school but campus security guards there say for them it's back to poverty. At less than $9 an hour, security guards at the university are among the lowest paid in the city. This morning, dozens of guards and their sup ...Read More

PHOTO: The New York Department of Labor has recovered almost $100 million for workers across the state since the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect in 2011. Photo credit: Scott Richard/Flickr.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Workers at a Brooklyn cleaning service say their boss took them to the cleaners, and he now faces charges of wage theft. The employees were promised $10 to $14 an hour to clean houses and apartments, working shifts up to 16 hours long, but often weren't paid what they were ow ...Read More

SNAP recipients must now have an in-person assessment to determine eligibility for the program. Credit: BPSUSF/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – About 50,000 Hoosiers could lose food assistance in the next few months if they do not meet work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A federal waiver that allowed adults without dependents to forgo work requirements during the recession is exp ...Read More

A state grant for legal services will help New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS avoid homelessness and hunger. Photo credit Bex Wade/

NEW YORK – New York state is helping families and individuals living with HIV and AIDS get access to legal services. Beyond the cost of medical care, people living with HIV face a long list of legal concerns. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $2.5 million would be distributed amo ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada's economy is back in the black and breaking records following the Great Recession.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Statistics from the state show Nevada's economy is back in the black and breaking records following the Great Recession, which hit the Silver State harder than most places. Bill Anderson, chief economist with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, sa ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to raise the threshold for salaried workers to receive mandatory overtime from their employer. Photo credit: phaewilk/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As many Tennessee companies ask employees to do more with less in the post-recession era, many of those workers are not being compensated for working overtime. As it stands, salaried workers can be denied overtime if they make a little more than $23,000 a year. The threshold has ...Read More

This fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to announce new federal rules to address predatory lending practices, regulations that some policy experts say cannot come soon enough. Credit: krosseel/Morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation restricting payday-lending practice was passed in Ohio more than seven years ago, but some policy experts say the industry still needs to be reined in. The Ohio Short-Term Loan Act was passed in 2008, but Kalitha Williams, policy liaison with Policy Matters Ohio, says ...Read More

The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate, would help expand the Summer Food Service Program so more low-income children can get the food they need. Credit: USDA/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ring of the school bell means the resumption of nutritious regular meals for many of Ohio's children. The School Lunch Program provides food for nearly 800,000 low-income children in Ohio, but the Food Research and Action Center estimates 9-in-10 are unable to access sum ...Read More

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