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    PNS Daily News - November 30, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring today: world leaders converge on Paris for climate talks; the push for paid family leave could get a boost from the power of a famous name; and how local tree farms are doing much more than growing the holiday spirit.

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Montgomery County Tax-Aide volunteers prepared more than 4,500 returns in 2015. Credit: stevepb/

GERMANTOWN, Md. – Tax day may still be months away, but in Montgomery County efforts are already underway to recruit volunteers to give free tax assistance to low and moderate-income seniors. The AARP Tax-Aide program is the largest volunteer-run tax assistance service in the country. Kath ...Read More

Mark Zuckerberg’s planned paternity leave could affect efforts to enact new paid leave legislation. Credit: Miguel Ugalde

NEW YORK - News of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's upcoming two-month paternity leave sheds a new national spotlight on the issue of paid family leave. It also comes at a time when advocacy groups in New York and several other states are pushing legislation for paid family and medical leave. Eric ...Read More

The Clean Water Rule would protect small streams and headwaters. Credit: Brubakerslegacy/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule has been put on hold by federal courts, but environmental groups fear some in Congress may try to overturn it with legislation. The EPA finalized the rule last spring, reestablishing federal authority to protect s ...Read More

Consumer advocates suggest Mainers do a little bit of homework before they head into the Black Friday shopping crowds. Credit: M. Clifford

AUGUSTA, Maine – It is prime time for holiday shopping today and as Mainers prepare to face the crowds in search of the best Black Friday bargains consumer advocates say a little homework is in order. Paula Fleming, vice president of communications with the Maine and Eastern Massachusetts, B ...Read More

Administrators of a New York City pilot program, which allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives, say the program is working. Credit:

NEW YORK - For years, public housing has been forbidden for many people with criminal records. But a two-year-old pilot program run by the New York City Housing Authority that allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives is showing signs of progress. So far, none of the participant ...Read More

Airport workers will be stepping up their campaign for better wages, benefits and union rights.  Courtesy: SEIU/32BJ

NEW YORK – For some airport workers, Thanksgiving was more than the usual family feast – it marked the end of a fast for a living wage and union rights. Workers for contractors at airports in 15 major cities began their 24-hour fast on Tuesday, one of the busiest travel days of the yea ...Read More

A new report says the Commonwealth is missing opportunities to reach out to young people in the child welfare system, because too many end up being funneled into juvenile detention. Courtesy: Citizens for Juvenile Justice

BOSTON - As families across the Commonwealth gather for Thanksgiving, a new report says too many children will spend the holiday in juvenile detention because they are not getting the support they need. Naoka Carey, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, said the numbers in her organi ...Read More

New Hampshire fishing guide Ron Sowa gives some fishing tips to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Today he is among those crediting the lawmaker for her vote this month that blocked Senate Bill 1104, which would have blocked protection of small rivers and streams. Courtesy: E. Orff.

CONCORD, N.H. - Plenty of Granite Staters make a living in the wildlife recreation industry, and some say a vote earlier this month on the Clean Water Act is worthy of Thanksgiving gratitude. Ron Sowa, a licensed New Hampshire fishing guide, said his business depends on clean water. A 2011 study fr ...Read More

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