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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Maryland

PHOTO: Half of working Marylanders, at least 1 million people, don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. A task force is looking at ways to change that. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BALTIMORE - Half of working Marylanders - at least 1 million people - don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. The Governor's Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for all Marylanders has kept that fact front and center as it explores options to help people at all wage levels ...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

BALTIMORE - 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 and elected leaders has sent a letter asking that the...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. Photo credit: Citizens Acting for Rail Safety

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that the federal 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...Read More

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PHOTO: When it comes to Christmas trees, the trend in recent years has been an uptick in folks choosing "real" trees, according to the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

STREET, Md. - Holiday decisions include "real or artificial" when it comes to a Christmas tree. In Maryland, Wilma Muir, owner of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm, said more people have been choosing "real" in recent years. Muir sees nostalgia, "buying local" and awareness as among the reasons why. "It...Read More

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PHOTO: With more than one million people expected at area airports, and a winter storm, passengers should be familiar with the "Flyers' Bill of Rights." Photo credit: StelaDi/Pixabay

BALTIMORE - Airports will be bustling today, one of the top travel days of the year. Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport expect up to 1.5 million passengers through Monday, Dec. 1 and with a winter storm in the forecast, flight delays are possible. Abe Sca...Read More

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PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could affect more than 500,000 people in the Maryland-Virginia region. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - More than 500,000 people living in the Maryland-Virginia region 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 c...Read More

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PHOTO: A Caregiver Town Hall on Tuesday will offer information about resources for the 770,000 in Maryland who care for an aging spouse or relative so they can remain in their homes. Credit: Geralt/Pixabay

HANOVER, Md. – More than 770,000 Marylanders have an extra job – one that is a labor of love that carries a value of more than $8 billion a year. They're caregivers of aging parents, spouses or other relatives, helping them to live at home. It's a tough job, and those challenges are ...Read More

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PHOTO: A more holistic approach is needed to reduce child poverty in Maryland, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report that recommends focusing on the whole family. Photo credit: Towbar/Pixabay

BALTIMORE - Children who grow up in low-income families tend to become low-income adults, so breaking the poverty cycle needs a more holistic approach. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released today makes that case and recommends focusing on high-quality and affordable early childhood ...Read More

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