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    PNS Daily New - October 6, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: the TPP has been dubbed the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, but there are concerns when it comes to American jobs and health; a big vote in the Keystone State impacting education; and workers turn out to be the largest group to benefit from Medicaid expansion.


Regular screenings are vital as about one-in-eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Credit: AtnoYdur

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Iowa and the yearly event is among the reasons why the number of survivors continues to grow across the state and nationwide. The death rate from breast cancer in this country has dropped by more than a third over the past 25 years. Roger ...Read More

Forty percent of prisoners on Riker's Island are there because they can't afford bail. Credit: Cdogsimmons/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - New York state is taking a serious look at reforming bail for criminal defendants. Last week the state's chief judge said he will institute several changes including encouraging judges to set bail at affordable levels, reviewing bail amounts within 10 days of arraignment, and retraining j ...Read More

Some homeless teens "couch surf" and move from home to home. Credit: Andrea Allen/Flickr Creative Commons

INDIANAPOLIS - Making varsity or finding a date for homecoming are the least of the problems faced by the more than 16,000 kids in Indiana without a place to call home. Data from the Indiana Department of Education shows homelessness among students in Indiana was 80 percent higher last school yea ...Read More

A new nonpartisan coalition says the time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - The time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a new nonpartisan coalition called RISE for Youth. The coalition wants to replace the big juvenile prisons with community-based corrections. States around the country have been changing how they treat young ...Read More

Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed ...Read More

The average starting salary for teachers in Illinois is about $39,000 per year. Credit: Cynthia357/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Teachers around Illinois are instrumental in the development of children, and a new analysis finds the Prairie State is among the most financially rewarding places for teachers to work. The personal finance website WalletHub ranks Illinois 11th nationally on its list of Th ...Read More

Police serve as safety officers in New York City public schools. Credit: Jim.henderson/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Children's advocates are calling a bill requiring the New York City Department of Education to make information about school discipline public a model for the nation. Police serve as safety officers in public schools and discipline can include arrests as well as suspensions. According to ...Read More

A public health expert told Kentucky community leaders that making their towns healthier is about much more than just doctors and medicine. Credit: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A nationally-known public health expert on Monday told community leaders from across Kentucky that education provides the biggest opportunity to make their communities healthier places to live. Dr. Tony Iton, a physician who oversees a 10-year, multimillion-dollar effort ...Read More

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