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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

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PHOTO: The Look Through Their Eyes campaign educates Illinoisans about the signs of childhood trauma, and connects parents and caregivers of children who have experienced trauma to professionals, programs and resources. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkinson/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Many children look forward to the holidays, but the season is sometimes not so magical for those who are victims of trauma. An estimated 42 percent of Illinois children ages 17 and younger have experienced one or more adverse family events. Anne Studzinski, managing direct ...Read More

PHOTO: The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows those with disabilities to establish a savings account of up to $100,000 for related expenses, without putting their benefits in jeopardy. Photo credit: Erin Sparling/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A common barrier to financial stability for individuals with disabilities is on its way out with Congressional approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience or the ABLE Act. Rik Shannon, public policy manager with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says the legisla ...Read More

PHOTO: While it's hard not to let the children tear into the wrapping paper, experts say saving it for another use, or recycling it where possible, is just one way to reduce the impact of the holiday on the environment. Photo credit: earl53/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - While many Michiganders are still hoping for a white Christmas, others would prefer folks keep it as "green" as possible by taking steps to reduce the holiday's impact on the environment. Kerrin O'Brien, executive director with the Michigan Recycling Coalition says no one wants thei ...Read More

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

MAP: A recent study identified 29 coal-ash sites statewide. Environmental advocates hope new regulations expected this week will help keep them in check. Map courtesy of Michigan Clean Water Action.

LANSING, Mich. - New federal regulations expected this week could change the way Michigan and other states deal with coal ash, which environmental advocates say is long overdue. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal and contains poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, lead and mercury, which are k ...Read More

PHOTO: Have some greens with that! Ohio's largest sustainable agriculture conference is expected to draw nearly 1200 people, for its lineup of expert advice about farming, growing, cooking and other ag-related topics. Photo credit: George Remington.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February. This year's theme is "Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio's Heart and Soil, ...Read More

PHOTO: Even with all of Wisconsin's rivers, streams and lakes, some communities are in near crisis because of a lack of groundwater. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says it will make groundwater protection its top goal in 2015. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - "A few small steps forward." That's how Anne Sayers, program director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, describes what's been accomplished this year to help protect Wisconsin's environment. Sayers said 2014 brought renewed citizen involvement in the Badger State, with ...Read More

PHOTO: Poverty is plaguing families in parts of Indiana, and community leaders, educators, counselors and others who work with children will gather today to examine solutions. Photo Credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Research finds 22 percent of Indiana's children are poor, and the problem is even greater in the southern part of the state. Today, those who advocate for children will discuss approaches to help lift Indiana families out of poverty. Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Rese ...Read More

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