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    PNS Daily News - October 9, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; Republicans attempt to regroup in their failed quest for a new House Speaker; Connecticut’s highest court says “no” to reconsidering the death penalty; plus an update on protections for exotic animals.

Community Issues and Volunteering

You don't have to be a tax professional to volunteer with AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program. Credit: US Department of Veterans Affairs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Each year, volunteers fan out across the state in an effort to make tax season a little less taxing for tens of thousands of Missourians, and program leaders say even more help is needed this time around. For nearly half a century, the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has helpe ...Read More

A New York adoption and family services nonprofit plans to launch its first domestic “Granny Program” in the United States. Credit: Crissy Pauley/

NEW YORK - Spence-Chapin, a New York City-based nonprofit, has operated its international "Granny Program," pairing volunteer, retired women with children in orphanages since 1998. The adoption and family-services agency describes it as an early intervention program intended to provide consistent ca ...Read More

The Family Resource Center at Emma leads groups, including Motheread, which teaches the importance of reading between a mother and child. Norma Duran Brown leads the class (right). Credit: Children First

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - As many people wait for the economic recovery to benefit them, communities across the state count on family resource centers to help support parents in the form of food-and-clothing access, parent education and after school care. Since public schools touch the lives of millions ...Read More

Placement with a relative can minimize trauma for foster children. Credit: kamuelaboy/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - While there is always a need for foster parents in Indiana, state officials say the need is especially great this year. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services there are over 18,000 children in the state's care, about four thousand more than at this time last year. Spo ...Read More

Eau Claire Democrat Dana Wachs is working on legislation to replace the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which was killed by the U.S. Senate last week. Credit: Wisconsin State Legislature

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Legislation which would have extended the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provided financial assistance to more than half a million students throughout the country, was blocked last week in the U.S. Senate. Eau Claire Representative Dana Wachs, the ranking Democratic member ...Read More

Leaders of a teachers union are demanding charter schools reject a provision allowing charter employees to bypass the admissions lottery process. Credit: Anissa Thompson/

NEW YORK – A New York law passed earlier this year allowing charter schools to bypass the admissions lottery process and offer 15 percent of available seats to the children of charter employees has some union leaders up in arms. Charter advocates say the law is beneficial to teachers and scho ...Read More

A legal push is underway to force the EPA to close a sizable loophole in the regulation of hazardous waste from oil and gas drilling. Credit: Bill Hughes/Earthworks.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The EPA has largely failed to regulate waste from oil and gas drilling, even though the agency admitted the hazardous nature of the waste decades ago. National and state-based groups are pushing for the agency to at last close the gap. Twenty-seven years ago, the EPA decla ...Read More

Lethal injection faces a major roadblock in Montana. Credit: davidhills/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - The death penalty is at a stalemate in Montana, after a judge blocked the use of a particular lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Capital punishment remains legal, and while efforts to abolish it have failed, so have efforts to revive it. The judge ruled that pentobarbital cannot be ...Read More

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