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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 


    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

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PHOTO: Journalists are among those who would be covered under a proposal to extend overtime benefits to salaried workers up to about $50,000. Photo credit: Pixabay.com.

WASHINGTON – Working more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay is a fact of life for millions of salaried employees, but it's a fact the U.S. Department of Labor wants to change. First unveiled last week, a proposal to extend overtime benefits to workers making up to about $50,000 a year ...Read More

PHOTO: With Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans far apart on matters like education funding, one economic analyst says the GOP appears to be using a budget crisis they helped create to push for sweeping changes. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania House Archives.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts predict Pennsylvania's budget standoff will be short and not too damaging – but they warn that could change if either side holds out for extreme ideological positions. Economist Mark Price, research director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, says ...Read More

PHOTO: SNAP coordinator Beth Zambia talks with a veteran at the Soldier On shelter in Leeds. At least 26,000 low-income veterans rely on SNAP benefits in the Commonwealth. Photo courtesy Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

BOSTON - As Massachusetts gets ready for Independence Day, local hunger-fighting advocates say it's a good time to remember tens of thousands of veterans in the state who must rely on federal benefits to put food on their tables. While most people have been making summer plans, says Pat Baker, seni ...Read More

PHOTO: NYSUT President Karen Magee (center) says actions like this one in Albany were responsible for getting state lawmakers to focus on the needs of all public school children during the just-ended session. Photo courtesy of New York State United Teachers.

NEW YORK – One of the state's largest teachers' unions is giving parents and educators credit for defeating some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's more controversial education proposals in the just-ended legislative session. Karen Magee is president of New York State United Teachers, which represents 60 ...Read More

PHOTO: Legal experts predict the latest Supreme Court Ruling on the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxins rule won't derail efforts to reduce the number of coal-fired power plants in New York. Photo credit: M.D. Wilson.

NEW YORK – In a decision issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider tougher standards on coal-fired power plants based on their cost to the industry. Richard Revesz, director of the Institute of Policy Integrity at the New York University ...Read More

PHOTO: As the White House Conference on Aging approaches, New Hampshire advocates say the nation needs to switch from a medical focus, to listening to what elders say the need to live independently. Photo credit:  Mike Clifford

CONCORD, N.H. – It's time to re-evaluate the so-called silver tsunami and how to approach it, according to Barbara Salvatore, co-chair of Engaging New Hampshire. She's referring to the idea that aging baby boomers will come with an increase demand for senior services. Salvatore says the cu ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 60 organizations have sent a letter calling on Congress to remove a rider in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr Commons.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than 60 civil-rights and public-interest groups have sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's decision to keep the Internet open. They're protesting a rider attached to a must-pass government funding package. Timothy Karr, senior dire ...Read More

PHOTO: Health care advocate Frances Padilla says many Connecticut consumers are saving thousands of dollars a month on their insurance premiums as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision. Photo courtesy Rosana Garcia.

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Supreme Court decision upholding federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act has major implications for consumers, according to local advocates. Frances Padilla, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, applauded the logic behind the ruling and also ...Read More

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