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PNS Daily News - October 7, 2016 

Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

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Forest fire. Credit: ellend1022/iStock\
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
PHOENIX - Massive wildfires raged across the western United States this summer, killing people and devastating entire towns. Six new projects announced today are designed to help Arizona avoid that same fate. It's part of the two-day Healthy ...Read More
According to a new study, employees with desks that force them to stand at regular intervals stood 60 minutes more per work day than co-workers with standard desks. Credit: Piksel/iStockphoto\
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Employees with desks that force them to stand at regular intervals stood 60 minutes more per work day than co-workers with regular desks, according to a new University of Iowa study. Lucas Carr, an assistant professor who worked ...Read More
Child eating a sandwich at school. Credit: fidlerjan/morguefile \
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Childhood obesity rates have dropped in the past five years in Southern California, according to a recent report. The study from Kaiser Permanente found that obesity rates fell by 1.6 percent and the number of overweight children decreased by 2.2 ...Read More
This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the state Fire Marshal's Office is working with local fire departments to distribute and install smoke detectors and remind people of the importance of changing the batteries in your smoke detector. Credit: kconnors/morguefile.com\
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the past three years, the state Fire Marshal's Office and its partners have distributed 88,000 smoke detectors that officials say have saved the lives of 106 people. This weekend, the state is challenging 10 local fire ...Read More
Julie Ostrovsky says her 17-year-old son Mitchell has benefited from applied behavior analysis treatment for autism. Courtesy: Samantha Ostrovsky\
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
LAS VEGAS - Intensive early intervention is considered to be key for effective treatment of autism, and it looked as if Nevada was going to reach out to thousands more children with new treatment - but advocates say that effort has stalled. Autism ...Read More
Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley\
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting ...Read More