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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

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Doctors say developmental screening should be part of every well-child visit. Credit: DocsforTots.org

NEW YORK - Many children are about to start school for the first time, but doctors say the key to successful learning may be found long before children enter a classroom. In the first years of life, according to pediatricians, children's brains develop at a remarkable rate, and developmental proble ...Read More

The State Fair begins today with classics like the giant slide, along with new offerings like the Minnesota Department of Health's newborn screening booth. Credit: Lynn B/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and this year's run will include plenty of new offerings, including a booth focused on making sure babies in the state are getting off to a healthy start. For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Health's Newborn Screening Progr ...Read More

Messages cover the windows of a schizophrenic patientís house. Credit: Pete S/ Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK - New York state is expanding its services for young people who begin experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia affects about one out of every 200 people, and the first signs often appear from ages 18 and 21. Glenn Liebman, chief executive of the Mental Health Association of N ...Read More

North Dakota lawmakers will convene Wednesday to begin a study on what can be done to better support family caregivers in the state. Credit: Silvia Jansen.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The next North Dakota Legislative Assembly is still more than a year away, but lawmakers are already busy preparing, including a meeting of the Interim Human Services Committee on Wednesday that will examine the issue of family care-giving. The panel will begin a study on wha ...Read More

Students with disabilities and those learning English are falling further behind their peers in Common Core standardized tests scores. Photo credit: GaborfromHungary / morguefile.com

NEW YORK – More New York state third through eighth graders passed the Common Core standardized tests in both English and math this year, but not everyone is improving at the same rate. Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning Englis ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was 80 years ago this month that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, changing America forever. The act guaranteed that senior citizens would not grow old penniless. Sarah Jennings, director for AARP-South Dakota, says the program is ...Read More

S new poll shows strong support remains for Social Security among people of all ages and political affiliations. Credit: zimmytws.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Today marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security, and a new report finds strong support for the program among people of all ages and from all walks of life. The survey from AARP showed that across generations and political affiliations, Social Security is considered one of the ...Read More

The combined voices of more than 20,000 SEIU home care workers in Oregon have caught the attention of the conservative Freedom Foundation, a group that has launched an anti-union ad campaign and, this week, sued SEIU Local 503 and several state department heads. Courtesy: SEIU Local 503.

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon labor union is the target of a lawsuit challenging its right to represent and charge dues to people who don't want to be union members. The Freedom Foundation filed the suit Thursday. Some members of SEIU Local 503 say they're perplexed by the legal action. Meleta Christian ...Read More

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