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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: Many low-income New Yorkers who experience severe psychological stress say they have been unable to get mental-health treatment. A new $30 million training program will help more people in those communities offer help. Photo credit: geralt/

NEW YORK - Identifying and healing people with mental-health issues in low-income areas is the focus of a new program being launched in New York City. Called "Connections to Care," the program will train workers - such as teachers and job-placement counselors - to recognize symptoms of depression, a ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerns over fracking in Kentucky have produced large turnouts at public meetings, including this one earlier this year in Berea. There's another meeting on oil and gas development tonight in Hazard. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has become ground zero for testing of potential high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tonight in Hazard, the Energy and Environment Cabinet concludes a series of public meetings across the state on oil and gas development. Kim Walters says she will be there ...Read More

PHOTO: As heroin overdose deaths skyrocket in New York and across the country, one Long Island community is training public safety officers to save lives. Photo credit: earl53/

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – As the number of people dying from heroin overdose skyrockets, a town on Long Island is fighting back by training public safety officers to use a life-saving tool. The town of Hempstead is joining forces with South Nassau Communities Hospital to develop a program to train 3 ...Read More

PHOTO: As Medicare celebrates 50 years of providing health care to millions of Americans, the Michigan Nurses Association is among those calling for an expansion of the program to all U.S. residents, not just those age 65 and older. Photo credit: drummerboy/morguefile.

DETROIT - It's a big birthday today as Medicare turns 50 and advocates say the best way to celebrate the milestone would be to expand the program to all Americans. Medicare provides health care to 55 million people age 65 and older, including nearly two million in Michigan. John Armelagos presiden ...Read More

PHOTO: Amid attacks on the organization, Planned Parenthood supporters and volunteers have been working overtime to ensure the St. Louis office remains a welcoming place for the patients it serves. Photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With Republican lawmakers planning to vote as early as this week on a bill to block Planned Parenthood from federal funding, supporters of the organization are speaking out. Natasha Ceballos was a scared teenager when she visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis as a patient, ...Read More

PHOTO: For many Minnesotans, Medicare and Medicaid are a lifeline when it comes to health care. The two public programs today are celebrating their 50th anniversary. More than one million people statewide rely on Medicaid for their health care and another 800,000 who are covered under Medicare. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a celebration today nationwide as Medicaid turns 50 years old, and in Minnesota it's positive impact on health has never been greater. With the Medicaid expansion allowed under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people enrolled in Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care gr ...Read More

PHOTO: The first half of this year was deadlier for motorists on state and federal highways in Nevada when compared with the same period of 2014. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The traffic death rate in Nevada for the first half of the year is up over the same time period of 2014. Meg Ragonese, a public information officer with the Nevada Department of Transportation, reports that 168 people have died in car crashes through late July, compared w ...Read More

PHOTO: Cactus pads, or nopales, are part of a state crackdown on pesticide-tainted produce. Photo courtesy of California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.

SAN FRANCISCO - A half dozen small Asian and Hispanic grocers in California will have to pay fines of $10,000 to $20,000 each for selling imported produce tainted with residue from illegal pesticides. Charlotte Fadipe, spokesperson with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, announced ...Read More

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