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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

Public News Service - Arkansas

PHOTO: Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. Hunger relief agency workers will also be on hand to discuss the state's consistently high food insecurity rates. Photo credit: Arnold Gatilao/Wikimedia Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. That's a meal Arkansans dependent on food banks or soup kitchens are likely to eat for dinner, according to Nancy Conley, communicati...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: The get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator cites benefits for a child's development, as well as stress relief for the whole family. Photo credit: USFWS/Southeast via Flickr Creative Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator is asking Arkansas families to think about the power of nature, even as they're busy dealing with the schedules of a child with a disability. Kathy Ambr...Read More

Public News Service - AR

PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Arkansans from MADD. Photo courtesy of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas law-enforcement agencies have stepped up DUI patrols for New Year celebrations. Nearly 150 people die each year in alcohol-related crashes in the state, with the numbers declining in recent years. But impaired-driving incidents tend to spike during the last two weeks o...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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