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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - Arkansas

PHOTO: Arkansas would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change would be providing incentives to st...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations, including six in Arkansas, sent a letter ask...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit filed this week asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban the use of DOT-111 tank cars for shipping crude oil because of safety and durability issues. Photo of damage to DOT-111 tank cars courtesy of National Transportation Safety Board.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the depart...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: A new poll conducted after the midterm elections indicates a majority of voters in six of the so-called battleground states want action on the climate crisis, regardless of which way they voted. The Sierra Club believes the same would hold true for Arkansas voters, despite the state's dependence on coal for power. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – No matter which side of the political aisle they were on and no matter which way their elections went three weeks ago, voters in six of the so-called battleground states want elected officeholders to work on the climate crisis, according to a Hart Research Associates poll c...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could affect more than 55,000 people in Arkansas. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 55,000 people living in Arkansas could be touched by the executive order on immigration President Obama announced Thursday night, according to Pew Research estimates. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the country without...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: To break the cycle of poverty, a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report recommends providing tools for better jobs for parents, while also providing access to quality early childhood education. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Thousands of Arkansas children are growing up in low-income households. At least 119,000 households with young children are considered to be low-income, and parents don't have college degrees in more than 80 percent of those families, thereby hampering their earning ability. A ...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: Arkansas is bucking a national trend and also outshining other southern states for its efforts to get children covered by health insurance. The national rate of uninsured kids has dropped in the past two years, while Arkansas' rate has improved. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas is the star of the South for its progress in reducing the number of children without health insurance. The state's uninsured rate is 5.5 percent, according to a report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, which means slightly more than 39,000 Arkansas c...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: Nearly 700,000 Arkansans are being recognized as a "silent army" for the work they do as caregivers for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones, so they can avoid ending up in institutional-care facilities. Photo courtesy of AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly 700,000 Arkansans are being recognized as a "silent army" for the work they do as caregivers for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can avoid ending up in institutional-care facilities, which are costly. Today, AARP is kicking off its "I Heart Caregivers...Read More

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