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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 - Virginia

PHOTO: States including Virginia would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles, under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - 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 earlier this month. One big change would provide incentives to states to ...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Along with lights, trees and presents, the holiday season can be filled with stress, anxiety and even depression. As one antidote, experts recommend turning the focus to the kinds of gifts that money can't buy. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

RICHMOND, Va. - For those who have experienced losses, the less fortunate and everyday families overcome by stress, the holidays can be a challenging time. But experts say small changes can help people find the joy in the season. Psychotherapist Mary Michail said she sees the toll the holiday hustl...Read More

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PHOTO: Outreach and efforts to increase access already are meaning more Virginia kids getting enough to eat, in school and out, according to First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the No Kid Hungry campaign. Photo courtesy of Drew Central Schools.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new coalition including Virginia's First Lady already is seeing results in an effort to reduce childhood hunger. Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their No Kid Hungry campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Josh Wachs, chief s...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: A toy tambourine is among two dozen toys named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual Trouble in Toyland report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

RICHMOND, Va. - Before Virginians fill the stockings of little loved ones this holiday season, they might want to check out a new annual report that lists potential toy dangers to watch out for on store shelves. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released its "Trouble in Toyland" report fo...Read More

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PHOTO: Teachers such as Virginia Education Association president Meg Gruber says teachers are very happy with what they're seeing from proposed reforms to the state Standards Of Learning. Photo from the VEA.

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia educators say they're happy with what they see as common sense, bipartisan reforms to be proposed for the state's Standards of Learning (SOL). The SOL Innovation Committee has been meeting for about six months and is about to report its reform plan to lawmakers and t...Read More

Public News Service - VA

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.

RICHMOND, Va. - 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 department...Read More

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MAP: Three large pipelines have all plotted paths though national forests. Map courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

RICHMOND, Va. - Growth of natural-gas drilling and new pipelines have observers concerned about their impact on public lands. Plans for three large pipelines that start in West Virginia cross national forest land on their way east. Ernie Reed, president of Wild Virginia, said he thinks people don'...Read More

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PHOTO: Margaret Nimmo Crowe with Voices for Virginia's Children says an event Thursday in Charlottesville will be a chance for an important, ongoing conversation about how Virginia should handle children's mental health needs. Picture by Ashley Everette, courtesy of Voices for Virginia's Children.

RICHMOND, Va. - With reforms underway in Virginia for children's mental health services, lawmakers and advocates want to hear from people dealing with the issues every day. Voices For Virginia's Children is hosting a community conversation Thursday in Charlottesville. Executive director Margaret ...Read More

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