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    PNS Daily News - November 25, 20150 

    Among the stories on today’s nationwide rundown; a night of protests in Chicago following the release of video that shows a police officer fatally shooting a teenager; we’ll tell you why some folks in Michigan say it’s time to take back Thanksgiving; and as many prepare to take the family on the road, a new system is being tested to track wrong way drivers.

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Lumber Liquidators is the first major home-improvement retailer to require that flooring it sells be free of contaminated plastics. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a big week for big-box stores and large retailers, as North Carolinians gear up for Black Friday shopping. Health advocates say news that a major retailer is committing to sell vinyl flooring made without toxic substances is an early holiday gift to consumers. Lumber Liquidator ...Read More

Dan Stein of Second Harvest Food Bank says too many Wisconsin families are forced to make a choice between buying food or paying for basics like housing and utilities. Courtesy: Second Harvest Food Bank.

MADISON, Wis. – Millions of Wisconsinites will sit down to a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, including many who are the beneficiaries of the efforts of food banks all around the state. But one good meal doesn't end food insecurity, says Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank in ...Read More is aimed at giving everyone the chance to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. Credit: Arielle Jay/

LANSING, Mich. - For more than 200 years, American families have gathered on Thanksgiving to reflect and show appreciation for one another. But some Michiganders say retailers are undercutting the true meaning of the holiday by opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Annie Zirkel of Ann Arbor foun ...Read More

Owners of small shops and restaurants are hoping folks will rush past the big box-store discounts to buy local on Small Business Saturday. Credit: jzlomek/

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Small shops and restaurants around the state are looking for a good crowd for "Small Business Saturday," a day when people are urged to spend their money at local merchants instead of national chains. In Walla Walla, it's the first holiday season of self-employment for Karie Br ...Read More

Drought is one of North Carolina's vulnerabilities when it comes to climate change, according to a recent report. Credit: inkogutto/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's tourism industry generated $20 billion last year alone, and a new report predicts natural disasters, largely brought on by extreme weather, would threaten that revenue. The report, States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card, gives the state a grade of " ...Read More

This portrait of caregiver Frank Ballasteros of Tucson and his Aunt Lupe was given to them as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Credit: AARP Arizona

PEORIA, Ariz. - More than half of Arizonans over age 45 are either caring for a family member or have done so in the past. That's one of the findings of a new telephone survey by AARP Arizona in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy says of the 1 ...Read More

A new study says Arizona could meet EPA carbon reduction goals by speeding up solar and wind power projects already in the planning stages. Credit: Salt River Project

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona needs to take full advantage of the wind and solar resources it already has, says a new study about how the state could meet its carbon-reduction goals for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan by the 2030 deadline. Researchers at the Tucson-based Sonoran ...Read More

Clean-energy advocates say New York may need 85 percent renewable power by 2030 to reach carbon reduction goals. Credit: Mat Fascione/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make getting half the state's electric power from renewable sources by the year 2030 a requirement, but some energy advocates say that's not enough. With the United Nations Climate Change conference beginning next week, the governor is putting the p ...Read More

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