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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 - Florida

MIAMI, Fla. — Today (Thursday) is International Migrants Day, and for thousands of Florida's undocumented workers, the threat of deportation is, at least temporarily, behind them. Their collective sigh of relief is a result of President Obama's Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAP...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Scammers are finding plenty of ways to part unsuspecting shoppers from their money this season. Experts recommend using extra caution when making online purchases. Photo credit: 401kcalculator.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While the holidays are a time of giving, experts say con artists are ready to take whatever they can from unsuspecting Floridians. Whether consumers are shopping in person or online, said Amy Nofziger with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, scammers are getting smarter, and some of t...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Jan. 1 is the start date for applying for college loans and grants based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2015. Photo credit: U.S. Government.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Forget their "two front teeth," thousands of Florida students want college financial aid this Christmas. Starting Jan. 1, students can apply for help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The process determines how much financial aid schools can award base...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Holiday family gatherings can be fun but sometimes stressful. Mental-health experts say it's OK to pace yourself and even say "no" to some situations you know will be sources of conflict. Photo courtesy healthychild.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelin...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Sea turtles are among the many wildlife species affected by damage done to wetlands and estuaries on the Gulf Coast as a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

TAMPA, Fla. - How should the windfall of billions be spent that will be available to Gulf states such as Florida as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill? According to a report released today by the National Wildlife Federation, the answer is to get to the heart of the water source. The exact amo...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo credit: S. Carson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. The best way to cut down on the garbage generated over this time and year-round is through what waste reduction advoc...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Two dozen toys are named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual Trouble in Toyland report. Photo courtesy of S. Carson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Before filling the stockings of little loved ones this holiday season, you might want to consider a recent annual report that lists potential toy dangers. Pam Clough, campaign organizer for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group says PIRG has released its Trouble in Toy...Read More

Public News Service - FL

GRAPHIC: Nonprofits across Florida and the nation are encouraging people to donate time and money on #GivingTuesday. Photo credit: GivingTuesday.org.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After spending all weekend with your "Santa List," Florida nonprofits want people to consider giving back to their communities. Today is #GivingTuesday, and the goal is to inspire consumers to contribute in the form of charitable donations to improve the lives of others. Rena ...Read More

Public News Service - FL

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