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    PNS Daily News - April 17, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown: President Obama wins a deal on fast track trade authority but protesters will be out in force this weekend; two years after a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant first responders still at risk from dangerous chemicals; and we ponder whether teens can still balance a checkbook during Smart Money Week.

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PHOTO: A report from the Center for Effective Government finds residents and first responders may not be getting the information they need to prepare for potential chemical disasters. Photo credit: Duster/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is among the top states listed in a new report identifying often unknown chemical dangers. With today's second anniversary of a deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government examined significant chemical risks that may be ...Read More

PHOTO: Financial Reality Fairs, such as this one that took place in Springport, give teens the chance to get their feet wet when it comes to budgeting and living within their means. Photo courtesy Beth Troost/MCUL.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not taught in very many schools, but knowing how to live within one's means is a critical life skill. That's why credit unions are giving Michigan teens a dose of financial reality this month. By giving teenagers a chance to simulate having a full-time job and paying bills, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se ...Read More

PHOTO: During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, experts are educating people about the signs of child abuse and neglect, and promoting prevention. Photo credit: SHRRC/Flickr.

CINCINNATI - Child abuse is a public-health crisis impacting Ohio children at alarming rates, experts say. According to state data, child welfare agencies investigated 80,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect in 2014 and 12,000 were substantiated. Prevention is critical, said Dr. Robert Sh ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 35,000 Hoosiers filed complaints alleging identity theft or fraud in 2014. AARP Indiana is encouraging consumers to fight fraud by shredding documents containing personal information. Photo credit: Antony Theobald/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Tax Day has passed, but piles of papers and receipts containing personal information may still be lying around some Indiana homes. Consumer experts say it's important to destroy unnecessary sensitive documents so they don't fall into the hands of con artists. Mandla Moyo, outreach ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say there has been a rise in phone-related IRS scams. AARP Ohio is working to educate residents on fraud and offering resources to help protect people themselves from scams through the Fraud Watch Network. Photo credit: Martin Cathrae/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As technology advances, con artists are discovering newer, sneakier ways to take advantage of Ohioans. And while law enforcement investigates an increasing number of fraud cases, AARP Ohio is helping consumers avoid falling victim to scams. Ed Cokley, advocacy volunteer with the AAR ...Read More

CHICAGO - Today, thousands of Illinoisans are taking part in one of the largest demonstrations by U.S. workers seeking higher pay. Fast food workers in Chicago and other cities will walk off the job, while adjunct professors, home care, airport and other low wage earners will march and rally deman ...Read More

PHOTO: Irene Caudillo, president of El Centro Inc,, is one of dozens of community leaders who have shared their thoughts on the federal budget through the Move The Money Listening Project led by the American Friends Service Committee. Photo courtesy of AFSC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Missourians join the nation in paying their share to the government on this Tax Day, one group says it's time to take a hard look at exactly what Uncle Sam is doing with that money. For the past year, Mary Hladky has met with dozens of Kansas City-area leaders as part of the A ...Read More

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