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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Community Issues and Volunteering

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo ...Read More

IMAGE: With Tennessee's population of individuals with disabilities at 1 million and rising, churches in the state are ramping up efforts to ensure they're being inclusive to those people and their families. Image credit: Waiting for the Word/Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. – At a time when family and friends often gather at places of worship to celebrate the holidays, Tennessee's faith community is taking a lead on ensuring inclusiveness for the state's individuals with disabilities. One common barrier is just being able to gain access physica ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kindergarten to Career program that encourages students to explore job options is just one of the funding recipients of the Long Island Community Foundation. The organization says 2014 has been a tough year for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy of Long Island Community Foundation.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – When federal and state funds fall short, someone has to step up and in 2014, charitable donations played a major part in addressing health and social service needs across the state. David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation, says 2014 has been a ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

PHOTO: A new book from a Wisconsin author says bullying has become epidemic, and while educators and young people search for dealing with the issue in an effective way, no one needs to live by someone else's definition of who they are. Photo credit: For A Better School Climate.

MADISON, Wis. - A new novel called "Double Exposure" about an intersex teen athlete, explores bullying, and Wisconsin author Bridget Birdsall says the story is based on real experiences. The main character was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised as a boy. At age 15, to escape bullying, the y ...Read More

PHOTO: There are about 500,000 family caregivers in the state, many of whom could use a helping hand this time of year. Photo credit: AARP.

DES MOINES, Iowa – For the hundreds of thousands of unpaid family caregivers across the state, the best gift this holiday season may not come wrapped in a bow. Many caregivers already may be overwhelmed with their daily responsibilities on top of helping keep loved ones at home and independe ...Read More

PHOTO: A big win for rural communities. That's how one advocate for rural Kentucky views President Obama's call for the FCC to treat broadband service like telephone service. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - "A big win for rural communities." That's how the National Rural Assembly views President Obama's endorsement of treating broadband service like telephone service. Edyael Casaperalta coordinates a national coalition of groups that advocate for those who live in rural areas. She says ...Read More

PHOTO: If GMCC doesn't reach its fundraising goals by Dec. 29, President Noya Woodrich will get into a treehouse and stay there until the goal is met. Photo credit: GMCC

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's economic rebound has led to a years' low jobless rate and a budget surplus of a $1 billion, but for many of the state's families on the edge financially there's been very little, if any, improvement. Noya Woodrich, president and CEO with the Greater Minneapolis Council ...Read More

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