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    PNS Daily News - March 2, 20150 

    We’re featuring stories on several topics including: retailers feeling the pressure after Wal-Mart’s wage increase; nuclear waste clean-up concerns in Idaho; and why a good night’s sleep is just a dream for many Americans.

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PHOTO: Caring for a sick little one is hard for many Michiganders who do not have paid sick leave time at work. But a new poll finds the majority of voters would support paid-sick-leave policies. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

LANSING, Mich. - Taking paid time off work to cope with illness is a luxury nearly half of Michigan workers cannot afford, but it's a policy many favor. A new poll from Denno Research shows that 86 percent of Michigan voters support paid sick time for employees. For 46 percent of the state's privat ...Read More

PHOTO: February is Heart Month, and one of the ways The American Heart Association battles the number one killer of Americans is with its Quality and Systems Improvement program, which helps all Wisconsin hospitals, small and large, to have the latest best-practices information on caring for heart and stroke patents. (Photo Credit:

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - From the moment a person dials 9-1-1 with a heart or stroke issue to the time they are discharged from a hospital, the American Heart Association is doing its best to make sure everyone gets the latest treatment and the proper guidelines. According to Lynn Mallas-Serdynski, dire ...Read More

PHOTO: Surprise medical bills stem from patients going to hospitals that are in-network under their insurance plans, while unaware that some or many of the physicians on staff are out-of-network. Photo credit: Parker Knight/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Legislation at the state Capitol aims to put an end to surprise medical bills, or so-called "balance billing," which has left a growing number of Texans facing a financial crisis while trying to recover from a health crisis for which they thought they were covered. Trey Berndt, a ...Read More

PHOTO: The Utah Senate approved the Healthy Utah plan Wednesday, and now the state House will consider a corresponding bill that would provide health care to thousands of Utah residents. Photo courtesy Utah State Law Library.

SALT LAKE CITY - Following passage in the state Senate on Wednesday, the Healthy Utah plan, which could provide health coverage for tens of thousands of Utah residents, now faces what some are calling an uphill battle in the House. Representative Ed Redd (R-Logan) is a physician and supports Health ...Read More

PHOTO: The picture of child poverty in Michigan and across the nation isn't accurately reflected with the current government measuring tool, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: gracey/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Most people agree children should not grow up in poverty. How to measure what constitutes poverty, and how to best tackle it, is the subject of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The current official measure of poverty dates back to 1960 and doesn't take into account ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia lawmakers are taking up a bill that would roll back part of the water protection law passed after last year's Elk River spill. Observers say it includes a loophole that might apply to Freedom Industries. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia state Senate is considering putting what critics are calling "loopholes" in water protections passed after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill. The Senate Judiciary Committee took its first look at Senate Bill 423 on Tuesday. The measure would roll ba ...Read More

PHOTO: The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating and the conditions can lead to serious health problems and even death if untreated. Photo credit: Charlotte Astrid/Flickr.

BUFFALO GAP, Texas – Like many other conditions, when it comes to eating disorders, early intervention is key to recovery for those struggling with these potentially life-threatening problems. Camela Balcomb, executive director of the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Indiana House is expected to vote on the CARE Act this week, legislation to better integrate the family caregiver into their loved one's hospital discharge process. Photo credit: Rosie O'Beime/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Family caregivers face a taxing and often complicated job as they navigate the medical needs of a loved one. The Indiana House is expected to vote on a measure this week that could make life a little easier. The CARE Act would help to better integrate a person's caregiver into their ...Read More

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