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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.


Supporters join Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, second from right, as lawmakers hold a hearing on a new measure to improve the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Commonwealth. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - There is no shortage of state agencies trying to battle health and housing issues in the Commonwealth, but a new bill says a lot more could be accomplished through coordination. Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, said the measure will help children and families by improving such things as acc ...Read More

At a time when college majors  not degrees  can determine earnings potential, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has published research on salaries connected with 137 different college majors in Spanish.

AUSTIN, Texas - Hispanics have a new tool for choosing a college degree that can translate into higher earnings in the workplace, thanks to three new publications in Spanish from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Anthony Carnevale, the center's director, said getting ...Read More

A measure is pending in the Commonwealth that would increase access to a driver's licenses for all qualified residents without regard to immigration status. Credit: Mike Clifford

BOSTON - Eleven states and the District of Columbia allow qualified residents to obtain a driver's license regardless of their immigration status - and a measure is pending at the state House to allow the Commonwealth to join that group. Eighty percent of state residents rely on a vehicle to get to ...Read More

The loss of coal-industry jobs is a big part of widening prosperity gap between eastern Kentucky and rest of state. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

BEREA, Ky. - While the U.S. Census Bureau's new numbers show Kentucky's poverty rate remains basically unchanged, one economic policy analyst says mining deeper into the numbers uncovers a much bigger problem facing the state's Appalachian coal region. Ashley Spalding, research and policy associa ...Read More

Jason Starr of the NYCLU gave a talk at the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island Wednesday about the educational and legal needs of several thousand children from Central America who have arrived since 2012. Courtesy: HWCLI

NEW YORK – While the national spotlight is focused on the great needs of Syrian refugees in Europe, unaccompanied children from Central America continue to flow into the U.S., and New York is a prime destination – as detailed at a meeting Wednesday. Jason Starr, Nassau chapter director ...Read More

More than 93 percent of Connecticut residents had health insurance in 2014. Credit: tpsdave/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show more Connecticut residents have health insurance, but there may be trouble ahead for some Medicaid recipients. More than 93 percent of state residents, an increase of almost 3 percent over the previous year, and 96 percent of chi ...Read More

A new report puts four Texas cities on a top 10 list of those that have bounced back the most from the Great Recession. Credit: eyegelb/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas boasts four of the top 10 "most recession-recovered cities," according to a new report. Since the economic downturn in 2008 - the longest recovery period since the Great Depression - 14 cities across the nation have declared bankruptcy. Jill Gonzalez, with the personal finance ...Read More

PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi ...Read More

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