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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget prioritizes home-care services for seniors, but also gives state agencies the go-ahead to trim some of their programs. (geralt/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Despite a looming budget deficit, the Malloy administration has identified home care as a "core service" in Connecticut. Home care allows older people to live in their own homes, often with the support of unpaid family caregivers. Claudio Gualtieri, associate state director for AA ...Read More

In Connecticut, 25 percent of households earn incomes above the poverty level but below the basic cost of living. (USDA/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Thirty-five-percent of Connecticut households are struggling just to get by, according to a new report from United Way. The ALICE Update - "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" - on housing adds to the findings of another report on the needs of low-income families issued l ...Read More

The first undocumented immigrant to be sworn in as an attorney in New York could pave the way for others like him. (Jason Morrison)

NEW YORK - As the first undocumented immigrant admitted to the New York State Bar, Cesar Vargas is a permanent part of history. But the immigration activist and Bernie Sanders campaign staffer also may have paved the way for other undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, or "Drea ...Read More

Governor Wolf is calling for a $377 million increase in K-12 funding for this year. (Gov. Tom Wolf/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Teachers are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's stand on education funding. In December the governor line-item vetoed all but six months of school funding in the budget passed by the Legislature. In his budget address next week he will ask lawmakers to include the $377 million increase for t ...Read More

Shorter winters are making Pennsylvania uninhabitable for the snowshoe hare, according to a new report. (National Wildlife Federation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's state tree, state fish and state bird could disappear from the commonwealth altogether by the end of this century, according to a new study that says it's happening right now. A mini-report by the National Wildlife Federation says every decade the state gets a litt ...Read More

Environment America is asking Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. (Environment America)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Representatives from nine Northeastern states met recently for the first time since the Paris climate agreement to talk about cutting pollution and reducing global warming. Travis Madsen, the state campaign director for Environment America, says the next important step forwa ...Read More

Some farmers in New York say a hike in the minimum wage would wipe out their profits. (Javier Ramos/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to raise New York's minimum wage to $15 an hour is praised by many. But the New York Farm Bureau says that kind of hike would plunge state farming businesses into the ground and cost an estimated $500 million in additional annual labor expenses. ...Read More

As New Hampshire voters make their final choices for the primary, two of the state's former members of Congress are speaking out about the influence of money in politics. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

CONCORD, N.H. - With the nation now focused on the final days of the Granite State primary battle, some former politicians are speaking out about the need to curb the influence of money in politics. Former Republican Rep. Charles Bass said polls show 85 percent of voters from both parties think mon ...Read More

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