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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: A Republican Senator offers a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Public News Service - New Hampshire

PHOTO: Grandparents and other relatives are the first choice for caring for children who aren't able to live with their parents, says a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. But for many kids in New Hampshire, group home placement is the norm.

CONCORD, N.H. - A new report says kids who have to be taken from their homes do better when they are placed with families - either relatives or foster families. But the Annie E. Casey Foundation's research finds New Hampshire has a heavy reliance on placing kids in group homes. Ellen Fineberg, exe...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds, and there have been moves to do that in both the U.S. House and Senate. Photo of the Wasatch National Forest in Utah, one of the most-visited forests in the country, courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

CONCORD, N.H. – Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, warns allowing state control would lock up lands for private development, and other parce...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: With the NTSB investigation of the fatal Amtrak train derailment under way, a commuter advocate says the accident could point to rail issues in other sections of the Northeast corridor. Photo credit: Patrick Murphy, a former Pennsylvania congressman who was aboard the train.

CONCORD, N.H. - Investigators are probing everything from speed to track signals in connection with Tuesday's fatal Amtrak derailment which happened on a heavily-used stretch of track near Philadelphia. Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group, says it's too early to pinpoint what went wro...Read More

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PHOTO: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, right, with Will and Zeke Stewart at a recent Brunch with Bernie event in Manchester. Sanders is refusing super PAC money in his bid for the White House. Photo credit: W. Stewart

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Senator Bernie Sanders intends to win the White House by knocking on doors and supporters in the Granite State say don't underestimate the power of grassroots campaigns. Elizabeth Ropp hosted a "Brunch for Bernie" in Manchester. She says Sanders' average campaign contribution is...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: A recent AARP survey finds that while there can be some costs associated with employing older workers, the experience they bring to the job provides benefits that exceed the costs. Courtesy: Sebastiaan ter Burg via flickr

CONCORD, N.H. – The trend in New England and the nation finds an increase in the number of older workers on the job and looking for work, and a recent study is doing some myth busting about the supposed costs of those workers. Laura Bos, manager of education and outreach for financial securi...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: The U.S. Senate takes up a controversial bipartisan bill to update the Toxic Substances Control Act today, and there are concerns in New Hampshire that it may tread on states' rights. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

CONCORD, N.H. - The U.S. Senate is considering an update of the nearly 40-year old Toxic Substances Control Act, which regulates the use of chemicals in consumer products. Supporters claim Senate Bill 697 would improve regulation, but opponents argue consumers could end up with fewer protections. ...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: Advocates in New Hampshire and the nation say Congress deserves a failing grade on the environment for the first 100 days. They say that is especially true for the GOP-led Senate. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Scrumshus

CONCORD, N.H. - Congress marked its first 100 days in session on Wednesday, and environmental groups in New Hampshire and the nation say lawmakers deserve a failing grade on key issues. Republicans in Congress say they are trying to promote economic growth by easing regulations, but according to Ro...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: Former Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is in the Granite State this week, warning about wasteful Pentagon spending and the corrupting influence of big money on the race for the White House. Courtesy: College of William and Mary

DURHAM, N.H. - The ranks of declared presidential candidates keeps growing and today a foreign policy expert is warning Granite Staters about what he calls wasteful military spending. Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired colonel who served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilk...Read More

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