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    PNS Weekend Update - May 30, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; President Obama pressing for Senate action this weekend as some domestic spying powers are set to expire Sunday night; some perspective on how the EPA’s Clean Water rule impacts the Midwest; and a climatologist talks about a hopeful side of climate change.

Poverty Issues

PHOTO: A volunteer at a Share Our Selves food bank is part of the integrated care approach at many California community health centers. Photo courtesy of Share Our Selves.

Community Health Centers now are the primary point of care for more than 23 million Americans - with 1,000 clinics in California alone. Many centers are using an integrated care model that takes into account the person's life as a whole, not just their medical concerns. Some have taken a one-stop-s ...Read More

PHOTO: More than two-thirds of the state's children are either growing up with a single mother who works or have both parents in the workforce, and activists say the state's policies need to reflect that reality. Photo credit: hotblack/

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. - Living paycheck to paycheck is the reality for many Michigan families, which is why experts and activists are gathering today to look at how to help more Michiganders get ahead instead of just getting by. A new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund found ...Read More

PHOTO: Cyclists of all ages and abilities participate in the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger to benefit Oregon Food Bank partners in southeastern Oregon. Photo credit: Tami Hart, Oregon Food Bank.

ONTARIO, Ore. – Cyclists in the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger accomplish two goals – meeting their own long-distance challenge, and being part of Oregon Food Bank's hunger-fighting efforts. About 300 people are expected to bring their bikes this year for the event on June 20, which ...Read More

PHOTO: This shared office space for nonprofit groups in Kentucky is growing as it hits its one year anniversary. Those involved say it fosters collaboration. Photo courtesy the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a Louisville office building there's shared space where nonprofit groups can work together under one roof. The place has a catchy name: (c)space, a play on the tax-exempt status of nonprofit 501 c-three groups. Since the co-space concept was launched a year ago this month a half ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

Photo: People can help those that are hungry by adding a row to their garden this spring. Photo by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - To celebrate its 40th anniversary and help feed hungry people, Feeding South Dakota is starting its "Plant A Row" campaign with a goal of receiving 40,000 pounds of fresh produce. The organizations Development Director Kerri DeGraff says while the organization normally asks for ...Read More

PHOTO: New York is going about average according to a new report when it comes to placing children in child welfare with family members. The report says more than 20,000 children in New York still love in group homes.

NEW YORK - A new report says family connections make all the difference and it ranks New York in the middle of the pack for finding stable family settings for children in the child welfare system. One sign of progress in the new report is the way New York is helping to preserve family connections. ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study finds more workers can't afford to live in Denver, and says Colorado needs less growth in low-paying jobs and more that pay enough for workers to make ends meet and contribute to the local economy. Photo credit: Anne Hornyak/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - A restaurant dishwasher would have to clock 61 hours a week to afford to live in the Mile High City. Things aren't much better for housekeepers, who'd need to put in 59 hours - or janitors, who'd need to work 51 hours a week, according to a new Colorado Fiscal Institute study of wages versu ...Read More

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