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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 

    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California is one of the best states for finding someone to do your taxes, according to a new report that ranks states based on accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of tax help. While the WalletHub report found that 66 percent of Californians pay for the service, ther ...Read More

PHOTO: Representatives from Detroit area churches, synagogues, and mosques will be among those attending a community conversation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. Image courtesy of Detroit Clergy Gathering.

DETROIT – Fifty years after the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a group of Michigan clergy members hopes to pick up the torch and continue the fight for racial and social justice. Reverend Barbara Kelley, senior pastor of the People's Community Church, Detroit, ...Read More

PHOTO: Judy Gregg of St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Wayzata, was instrumental in planting an expansive garden to benefit a local food shelf. Photo courtesy Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With just days left before the end of the month, the state's largest annual food drive is falling short, although the need to feed families who are struggling financially remains strong. The goal of the March Campaign is to raise enough money and food to support 300 food she ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizers of the annual online fundraiser "Love Utah Give Utah" are hoping to raise two million dollars today to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Raising $2 million in one day, today, to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools is the goal of "Love Utah Give Utah." Blair Hodson is director of initiatives with the Community Foundation of Utah, which organizes the annual day of online giving at He says the ...Read More

PHOTO: Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive benefiting the state's domestic violence shelters, is this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at more than 100 participating grocery stores. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This coming Saturday you can make going to the grocery store a way to help others. Saturday is Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive for the state's network of 15 domestic violence shelters. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear came up with the idea after seeing the overwhelming ne ...Read More

PHOTO: The House Energy Committee will hear a bill today that would make the state the sole regulator for all oil and gas activities. Photo credit: John Campbell/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Oil and gas is a big part of Texas history, economy and culture, but so is the idea of protecting the home front and local control. A bill before the Texas House Energy Committee today would make the state the only government body that can regulate oil and gas. Sharon Wilso ...Read More

The Cover Texas Now coalition says 1 million Texans don't have access to affordable coverage because they don't get insurance through employers, and they don't make enough money to qualify for financial assistance. Photo credit: Gedvali/Wikimedia Commons.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Cover Texas Now, a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations, brought 350 citizen advocates to the state Capitol recently to urge lawmakers to find a way to insure people that have fallen into a health-care coverage gap. Leah Harbordt, a volunteer with the Holy Family Birt ...Read More

PHOTO: Being over age 60 can be a lot of fun, or not, depending on health and financial factors. The Legislature is considering a bill to create a Colorado Strategic Planning Group on Aging to tally the state's resources for older residents and make recommendations. Photo credit: British Columbia Newsroom/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - If you plan on spending your "golden years" in Colorado, you won't be alone. The state has one of the fastest-growing aging populations in the U.S. A bill to create a strategic plan to address this demographic shift is getting bipartisan support in the Legislature. Ben Moultrie, committee ...Read More

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