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    PNS Daily News - November 26, 20150 

    Our Thanksgiving Day news features topics from around the globe including: the president tries to ease concerns of a holiday threat; there’s a reason to be especially thankful for the turkey on the table today; and the world set to make another record for the hottest year.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's executive order automatically restores the voting rights of thousands of felons who have satisfied all terms of their sentences. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With two weeks left in office, Gov. Steve Beshear has done what Kentucky's Legislature has refused to do - give back the right to vote to former felons who have fulfilled their sentences. Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday automatically restoring voting rights of tens of tho ...Read More

Lumber Liquidators is the first major home-improvement retailer to require that flooring it sells be free of contaminated plastics. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a big week for big-box stores and large retailers, as North Carolinians gear up for Black Friday shopping. Health advocates say news that a major retailer is committing to sell vinyl flooring made without toxic substances is an early holiday gift to consumers. Lumber Liquidator ...Read More

The size of Tennessee's freshman class increased by 10 percent this year, largely because of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which provides free tuition to eligible students. Credit: camelo/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - College students across Tennessee are relishing a break this week because of the holiday, and this year there are more of them, thanks in part to the state's new Tennessee Promise program. The free-tuition program increased the number of first-time freshmen to more than 50,000 th ...Read More

Deputy USDA Secretary Krysta Harden was among those leading a trade mission to Ghana, where the agency signed agreements worth $58 million over the next five years. Courtesy: USDA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Farmers from Arkansas and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to ...Read More

Drought is one of North Carolina's vulnerabilities when it comes to climate change, according to a recent report. Credit: inkogutto/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's tourism industry generated $20 billion last year alone, and a new report predicts natural disasters, largely brought on by extreme weather, would threaten that revenue. The report, States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card, gives the state a grade of " ...Read More

Oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay may be threatened by climate change. Credit: Krystle Chick/Chesapeake Bay Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Climate change may be a threat to one holiday favorite – oyster dressing. According to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation, oyster reefs are on the front lines for damage from global climate change. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's oyster expert and senior scient ...Read More

The FDA is finalizing new food safety rules, and advocates say that's something to be thankful for. Credit: USDA

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Food and Drug Administration is putting new food safety rules in place, and advocates of the change say that's something to be thankful for. The FDA is finalizing rules for three basic categories of groceries: produce, imports, and processed foods. Sandra Eskin, director ...Read More

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

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