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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: A Republican Senator offers a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

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PHOTO: A 10-year review of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard shows it created 100 new jobs a year, and added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Renewable energy has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry in Montana. A new report takes a look at the economic landscape during the 10 years of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and finds renewable energy has added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Jeff ...Read More

PHOTO: Studying for the GED or learning English in Nevada can usually be accomplished at no cost through the local library. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

LAS VEGAS - People in Nevada wanting to update their literacy skills or learn to read and write English often need not look further than their local public library. Mary Ramirez, interim manager with Computer Assisted Literacy in Libraries at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, says the ...Read More

PHOTO: More than nine of ten Oregon children in state custody are placed with relatives or foster families, and only four percent in group homes or institutional care, earning the state high marks from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: AimeeLow/morguefile.com.

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon leads the nation in a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report that says children in state custody do best when they're cared for in family settings. Oregon has the lowest percentage of kids placed in group homes or institutional care, at 4 percent. Of the 8,200 Oregon children in ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers from the Department of Social and Health Services show the placards they'll sport for Wednesday's 15-minute unity break, a coordinated action in more than 80 locations to show solidarity among state workers. Photo courtesy Washington Federation of State Employees.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State workers in more than 80 locations across Washington are planning what might be seen as a mini-strike today at noon. They're calling the 15-minute walkout a "Unity Break," saying the goal is to get state lawmakers' attention and reinforce the importance of the work done by sta ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says too many foster kids end up in group homes and looks at ways to place more kids in stable families. Photo courtesy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Too many of California's foster children are stuck in group homes when they should be placed with a loving family. That's according to a new report – "Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success" – released today. ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana is doing better than most states in making sure that kids in the child welfare system are placed with relatives or foster families, instead of group homes.

HELENA, Mont. - Montana ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring that kids in the child welfare system are placed with foster or next-of-kin families. Ninety percent live in a family setting in Montana, while nationally the rate is 84 percent. In those instances where children ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds Nevada tied with three other states in leading the nation for placing children in the state's care in a family setting, rather than a group home or state institution. Photo courtesy San Diego County Dept. of Health and Human Services.

LAS VEGAS - Nevada is tied with Maine, Oregon and Washington for first in the nation when it comes to placing children who are not with their biological families into a family environment, rather than a group home or institution. A report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found, in ...Read More

PHOTO: Leisurely retirement isn't in the cards for the 462,000 Washingtonians ages 45 to 64 who have saved less than $25,000 for retirement. A new state plan to allow small business employees to save through at-work payroll deductions should help. Photo credit: Wax115/Morguefile.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington has taken a step toward addressing the retirement savings crisis in the state. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on Monday to create an online marketplace where small business owners can choose from low-cost retirement plans offered by financial service companies. ...Read More

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