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    PNS Daily News - November 30, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring today: world leaders converge on Paris for climate talks; the push for paid family leave could get a boost from the power of a famous name; and how local tree farms are doing much more than growing the holiday spirit.

Public News Service - Arkansas

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

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One of the biggest challenges for rural medical facilities is recruiting doctors who want the small-town life. Credit: skeeze/

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Today is National Rural Health Day and in Arkansas, "rural" would describe many of the medical practices across the state. It may seem unlikely at first that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is involved with health care in Arkansas, but David Kirchner, USDA community program ...Read More

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From cafeteria workers to bus drivers, it takes a lot of people to make a successful school experience for Arkansas kids. Credit: AnitaPepper/

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - This is American Education Week, to honor all the people it takes to provide a quality education to students. Today is "Education Support Professionals Day," a nod to the contributions of school bus drivers, janitors, food-service workers and classroom aides. Arkansas Educatio...Read More

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A recent survey shows 93 percent of Arkansas citizens age 50 and above would prefer to receive long term care in their home or community, but state Medicaid rules make that difficult. Source: AARP Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Despite popular misconception, family caregivers provide most of the long-term care in Arkansas and the country. Some state Medicaid rules make providing that care difficult. A recent study shows 93 percent of Arkansas citizens age 50 and up say if they needed long-term care, th...Read More

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More children around the U.S. are getting healthcare coverage, and the rate in Arkansas improved significantly in the last reporting period. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Thanks to expanded health coverage opportunities, there are 5,000 more Arkansas children with health insurance. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says that's a 13.2 percent drop in the number of uninsured children in just one year....Read More

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The AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program is looking for volunteers. Courtesy photo from AARP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers and the folks who do it say it's fun and a great thing to do. Last year the program was at nearly 30 libraries, senior centers and other locations around the state. Hundreds of volunteers helped 27,000 low-and-mod...Read More

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The trial of coal baron Don Blankenship comes at a time of rising anger against CEOs who break the law, legal observers say. Brian Hayden/Wikimedia

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Coal baron Don Blankenship's high-profile trial is coming at a time of anger against corporate wrongdoing - but experts say that anger still faces entrenched forces that protect executives. Russell Mokhiber is the editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, a legal newsletter based in...Read More

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A legal push is underway to get the EPA to close a big loophole in the regulation of hazardous waste from oil and gas drilling. Credit: Bill Hughes/Earthworks.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The EPA has largely failed to regulate waste from oil and gas drilling, even though the agency admitted the hazardous nature of the waste decades ago. National and state-based groups are pushing for the agency to at last close the gap. Twenty-seven years ago, the EPA decla...Read More

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