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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

PHOTO: Even with all of Wisconsin's rivers, streams and lakes, some communities are in near crisis because of a lack of groundwater. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says it will make groundwater protection its top goal in 2015. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - "A few small steps forward." That's how Anne Sayers, program director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, describes what's been accomplished this year to help protect Wisconsin's environment. Sayers said 2014 brought renewed citizen involvement in the Badger State, with...Read More

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PHOTO: Holiday shoppers are expected to spend more than $600 billion this seasons, and AARP-Wisconsin has launched a new website to help them avoid some of the biggest scams: gift card fraud, fake charities and online shopping scams. Photo courtesy of Georgia Consumer Protection Office.

MADISON, Wis. – The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, and not just for shoppers. Scammers also use people's generosity to find ways to take advantage of them, says Lisa Lamkins, federal issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin. AARP has launched a new website to he...Read More

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PHOTO: A jail cell is no place for a juvenile, says Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. He says the state law that mandates 17-year-olds be handled in adult court is not working and could be changed this spring. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. – Since 1996, Wisconsin law has required that 17-year-olds be automatically sent to the adult justice system rather than the juvenile justice system. Advocates for these teens, including Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, say the law ...Read More

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PHOTO: A juvenile justice advocate says locking kids up is not an effective way to deal with kids who have problems, and more humane and effective responses to delinquency need to be developed.Photo credit: New Jersey Parents Caucus.

MADISON, Wis. - The United States leads the industrialized world in the rate at which it puts young people in prison, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About 1,000 juveniles now are in jail in Wisconsin. Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Fa...Read More

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PHOTO: A new book from a Wisconsin author says bullying has become epidemic, and while educators and young people search for dealing with the issue in an effective way, no one needs to live by someone else's definition of who they are. Photo credit: For A Better School Climate.

MADISON, Wis. - A new novel called "Double Exposure" about an intersex teen athlete, explores bullying, and Wisconsin author Bridget Birdsall says the story is based on real experiences. The main character was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised as a boy. At age 15, to escape bullying, the y...Read More

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PHOTO: Attorney Lance Cooper, who successfully took on General Motors in the product liability case involving faulty ignition switches, says the civil-justice system is a critical element in obtaining justice because often government watchdog agencies aren't doing their job. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Association for Justice.

MADISON, Wis. - Don't look for the government to protect us when faulty products threaten lives. That's the message trial lawyers gathering in Milwaukee this week will hear from trial lawyer Lance Cooper of Atlanta. Although government watchdog agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety A...Read More

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PHOTO: Wisconsin's farmland is among its most valuable resources, and a new federal guide for sustainable ag practitioners has just been released with resources to help anyone engaged in land use. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin.

EAST TROY, Wis. – There are plenty of federal programs designed to help farmers, ranchers and other land users, but they have to know how to find the programs. The new federal funding guide for sustainable agriculture should help with that. “Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Co...Read More

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PHOTO: During the long Wisconsin winter, there are plenty of ways to stay warm and still be conscious of the environment by using things like natural sunlight and setting your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise. Small things can add up to big savings. (Photo credit: Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Regardless of whether it's a long, cold winter or a shorter, less brutal winter, there are plenty of ways for Wisconsinites to stay warm and still be conscientious about saving energy. Matt Landi, science and policy associate with the advocacy group Clean Wisconsin, points ou...Read More

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