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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 


    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

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PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

PHOTO: You can still check out books at Minnesota libraries such as Thorson Memorial in Elbow Lake, but there's much more than happening these days at these community cornerstones. Photo courtesy Thorson Memorial Library.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a new chapter for many Minnesota libraries, with a transition in these changing times to becoming a cornerstone for communities beyond just the offering of books. At Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake, one focus over the past few years has been on programming that ...Read More

PHOTO: Cooling assistance is available during the hot summer months for some of Ohio's most vulnerable residents. The Summer Crisis Program begins July 1 and runs through August 31. Photo credit: Mr. TinDC/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohioans try to beat the heat this summer, help is available for some vulnerable residents who struggle to stay cool. The state’s Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program begins Wednesday. It provides a one-time benefit to help offset the costs of higher electric ...Read More

PHOTO: The longer a person is out of work, the harder is it to land a job, but a program being offered again in Nevada is finding success in helping the long-term unemployed. Photo credit: eetalparekh/Flickr.

LAS VEGAS – While economic conditions have been improving in Nevada since the end of the Great Recession, there are still many people struggling to find permanent work. A program now taking applications aims to address that problem. It's called Platform to Employment or P2E. It addresses the ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that nearly 130,000 Arizonans will get to keep their tax credits for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act marketplace. In a 6-3 decision in the landmark case of King vs. Burwell, the high court said the intent of Congress was to have the subsidies available through both state and federally run exchanges. Photo credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr.

PHOENIX - It was a sigh of relief for the thousands of Arizonans who receive tax credits to help pay for their health-insurance plans through the federal marketplace, as the subsidies were affirmed on Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled that the Affordable Ca ...Read More

PHOTO: The Supreme Court upheld a key section of the Affordable Care Act, preserving health insurance subsidies for 800,000 Floridians. Photo credit: morguefile/clarita

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida health activists say they're thrilled that the Supreme Court upheld a key section of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. The court affirmed the legality of federal subsidies that make health care affordable for people who buy coverage from the federal health-insurance ex ...Read More

PHOTO: Now that the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, health-care groups in North Carolina say it's time for state leaders to announce a plan to expand Medicaid access to 500,000 people in the state. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Health-care groups say it's time for Gov. Pat McCrory to make good on his promise to release a plan to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. The governor delayed a decision pending the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of state health-care exchanges. With Thursday's favor ...Read More

PHOTO: Health care advocate Frances Padilla says many Connecticut consumers are saving thousands of dollars a month on their insurance premiums as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision. Photo courtesy Rosana Garcia.

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Supreme Court decision upholding federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act has major implications for consumers, according to local advocates. Frances Padilla, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, applauded the logic behind the ruling and also ...Read More

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