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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: Animal advocates hope people will adopt pets this holiday season to save lives, as they point out that thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Melissa Gelmo.

BOSTON - If you are heading out this weekend to look for a pet to bring home for the holidays, animal advocates across the Bay State hope you will look no further than your local animal shelter. Thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized every year in the state says Maryann Regan, direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide ...Read More

PHOTO: New York Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented Gov. Cuomo and his Cabinet with their reports recommending a continued ban on fracking for natural gas. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a long-awaited announcement, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ruled the potential health and environmental risks of fracking for natural gas are too great and not enough is known about them to allow it in New York. In extending a de facto ban on using ...Read More

GRAPH: Millions of American jobs have been lost to trade with China, including tens of thousands in Pennsylvania. Graphic courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — International trade is promoted as a job creator – and it is – but it's all about where the jobs are created. A meeting of Chinese and United States representatives is taking place this week (Dec. 16-18) in Chicago, and the topic is the trade relationship between ...Read More

PHOTO: Half of working Marylanders, at least 1 million people, don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. A task force is looking at ways to change that. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BALTIMORE - Half of working Marylanders - at least 1 million people - don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. The Governor's Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for all Marylanders has kept that fact front and center as it explores options to help people at all wage levels ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of animals are euthanized in New York shelters every year, simply for lack of space, so adopting a shelter pet will also save a life. Photo courtesy Animal Haven NYC.

NEW YORK - The holidays are a time when many people think of bringing home a new pet for their loved ones. With thousands of cats and dogs in shelters across New York, Tiffany Lacey, executive director of nonprofit Animal Haven, suggests people "adopt rather than shop." Thousands of perfectly healt ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP of Pennsylvania has a Fraud Watch website that's available to all consumers to learn how to prevent fraud, which is especially high during the holidays. Graphic courtesy AARP of Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA - December is a time to make merry, and scammers have their own ideas for how to celebrate at others' expense. Mary Bach, who chairs AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force in Pennsylvania, said the organization has initiated a Fraud Watch Network to counteract them. "There are lots and lot ...Read More

PHOTO: The Juvenile Detention Center at Bridgeport. The city has a new Juvenile Review Board which embraces diversion options, recognizing the historically disproportionate number of kids of color who have ended up in detention because they acted out at school. Photo credit: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.

HARTFORD, Conn. – This has been a year of progress for juvenile justice in Connecticut, particularly in dealing with racial disparities when children are arrested at school. Jason Szanyi, a staff attorney with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says his group has worked with four Conn ...Read More

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