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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

PIN sources share Prop 8 stories

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With every new development concerning Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage, the KPCC newsroom has reached out to listeners and Public Insight Network news sources to ask how they are being affected. For this Facebook gallery, they decided to showcase some of those photos and stories.

HIV groups prepare for health care redesign

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Community organizations that provide HIV and AIDS related services are preparing for funding changes that will come with the Affordable Care Act. Two PIN sources contribute to this story from WAMU’s Jacob Fenston, who reports on how groups are adapting and how funding changes may impact the services they provide. Get the full story here.

Are changes coming to the Selective Service?

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In the U.S., all adult men are required to register for the Selective Service. OPB reporters wanted to know how that requirement might change now that women are allowed into combat, and what weight registration still carries. One PIN source, someone who consciously did not register for Selective Service, contributed to a conversation about the requirement on OPB’s Think Out Loud.

Defense contractors scale back ahead of automatic spending cuts

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For his reporting on the sequester, KPCC journalist Ben Bergman wanted to speak with people who expect to be directly affected by the budget cuts. He reached out to the Public Insight Network, and John Stammereich’s response led to this story on California defense contractors. Read more here.

Whether we like it or not

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Eric Neill, a Harvest Public Media source and regular contributor to KCUR’s talk show, “Up to Date,” is featured in a Morning Edition story from KCUR’s Frank Morris. Neill talks about the storm that blanketed the Midwest last week, and why it’s a boon for his dairy farm. Get the full story here.

The women who ‘make’ Central Pennsylvania

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Through the Public Insight Network, witf has been collecting untold stories about remarkable women in Central Pennsylvania. They’re sharing these stories in conjunction with the PBS documentary “MAKERS: Women Who Changed America.” You can read about one of those women here, or learn more about the project on witf.org’s Maker’s page.