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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps members planting trees. The corps class of 2016 is being announced today. Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

EDGEWATER, Md. – It's a tough job, but one so popular it's been expanded every year since 2010. Forty-one young men and woman ages 18 to 25 make up the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps class of 2016, being introduced today. The class will spend a year working on projects benefiting the Chesa...Read More

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Latino voters put environmental concerns high on their list, giving them attention nearly equal to immigration reform. Credit: Pixabay.com

BALTIMORE – Immigration reform isn't the only top issue for Latino voters. A new poll finds that protecting the environment is nearly of equal concern. The national survey done for Earthjustice and and the advocacy group GreenLatinos found 4 out of 5 very concerned about clean air, clean w...Read More

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Three farmers markets in Baltimore have partnered with the Summer Food Service Program to dish up healthy food and nutrition education for children. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BALTIMORE - Fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs - and kids - are the stars of the party for National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 2-8) in Maryland. At an event today, at the Govanstowne Farmers Market, a new partnership is being celebrated where farmers markets are also Summer Food Service Program sites. ...Read More

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 Medicaid turns 50 this week, and a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows when children are covered by Medicaid, it brings them benefits for life. Credit: Republica/Pixabay.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Medicaid turns 50 this week, and according to data compiled in a new report, children covered by Medicaid often enjoy lasting health and well-being benefits. Roughly half of Maryland residents receiving Medicaid are children, and the report found kids covered by Medicaid were...Read More

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 Heroin use and abuse in the U.S. is rising among most age groups and income levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Credit: CDC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Heroin use and abuse in the U.S. is rising among most age groups and income levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Usage has risen the fastest, more than doubling, for young adults. The reasons behind the rise are complicated, s...Read More

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Journalists are among those who would be covered under a proposal to extend overtime benefits to salaried workers up to about $50,000. Credit: Pixabay.com.

WASHINGTON – Working more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay is a fact of life for millions of salaried employees, but it's a fact the U.S. Department of Labor wants to change. First unveiled last week, a proposal to extend overtime benefits to workers making up to about $50,000 a year...Read More

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced funding for 15 new greening projects, with seven of them planned for Baltimore. Credit: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

BALTIMORE - The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced funding for 15 new greening projects, with seven of them planned for Baltimore. The funds come from the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Initiative in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland's Department of Nat...Read More

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Jaime Contreras, SEIU 32BJ vice president and capital area director, says commercial property cleaners have made progress in wages, but too many work part-time. Workers are rallying this week in Bethesda and Baltimore. Credit: SEIU 32BJ.

BETHESDA, Md. – Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Justice for Janitors campaign, which was focused on fair wages and treatment for commercial building cleaners. It's a campaign that is still underway as cleaners with SEIU 32BJ start new contract negotiations. Workers will rally durin...Read More

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