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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 

    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Southeast

Ten years after Katrina, work still needs to be done to protect Florida from another hurricane. Credit: artboymb/iStock

AVENTURA, Fl. - Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina killed 14 people in Florida and an additional 1,800 in the other Gulf states. It remains the deadliest and most damaging hurricane in United States history. So, environmental advocates are assessing the progress made and the work still to ...Read More

Tennessee gets high marks for women's access to education, but points to room for improvement in other areas. Credit: taliesin/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today is Women's Equality Day, and a new national survey ranks Tennessee near the top for one consideration that is important to women - and others, not so much. The Volunteer State is ranked 24th for workplace environments, a category that combines such topics as wages, the numb ...Read More

A coalition is protesting at Sen. Marco Rubio's office to draw attention to vacancies on the federal district courts in Florida, and the caseload backup it says is a result. Photo credit: Serggn/iStockphoto.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dozens of members of the Florida Why Courts Matter coalition are protesting in front of Senator Marco Rubio's Orlando office today to draw attention to three vacancies in the federal district courts. Two of the judicial positions were vacated recently, but a third has been ope ...Read More

PHOTO: North Carolina lawmakers are considering a so-called TABOR amendment that would limit the state government's ability to raise taxes. Colorado has had such an amendment since 1992. Photo credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Colorado may be almost 1,500 miles from North Carolina, but Tar Heel State lawmakers are looking into a constitutional amendment already in place there. The North Carolina State Senate recently approved what is often referred to as a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, which wo ...Read More

As college classes begin Kentucky students are paying more, while state lawmakers are giving public universities less. Credit: KCTCS.

OWENSBORO, Ky. - As students return to Kentucky's 24 public colleges and universities to begin the fall semester, the price they are paying continues to escalate, while lawmakers continue to slash state support. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kentucky is among the five s ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina is still without a passed budget for the fiscal year. Photo credit: cohdra/

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers have missed the deadline to pass a budget by eight weeks. According to published reports, it costs the state an extra $42,000 for every day the Legislature meets and there is still no firm budget in place for the next fiscal year. Logan Smith, communicat ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to raise the threshold for salaried workers to receive mandatory overtime from their employer. Photo credit: phaewilk/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As many Tennessee companies ask employees to do more with less in the post-recession era, many of those workers are not being compensated for working overtime. As it stands, salaried workers can be denied overtime if they make a little more than $23,000 a year. The threshold has ...Read More

The use of coal by Chinese power plants fell by as much as 3.5% last year and looks likely to continue falling. Observers say the government there wants to clean its nortoriously dirty air. Photo by Tobias Brox/Wikimedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 percent ...Read More

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