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    PNS Daily News - May 26, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; several U.S. senators want more funding for Amtrak following the derailment near Philadelphia that killed eight people; in California, Oakland City Council considers enacting far reaching privacy rules; and a report on an Ag Gag bill in North Carolina.

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PHOTO: Saying such decisions should be made by a woman and her family in consultation with the best medical advice available, a number of Wisconsin women's groups are strongly opposed to proposed legislation that would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

MADISON, Wis. – State lawmakers are likely to propose legislation that would ban abortions in Wisconsin after the 20th week, and Gov. Scott Walker says that if such a bill passes, he'll sign it. A number of women's health advocacy groups are strongly opposed to such legislation, calling it i ...Read More

PHOTO: New parents in North Dakota may want to introduce their child to peanuts and other possible food allergens by age one, as research suggests it can help reduce the development of food allergies. Photo credit: miheco/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The food choices of some new parents across North Dakota and the nation are changing, as those meal decisions could impact whether their child develops a food allergy. For years health professionals suggested that parents withhold allergenic foods until one-year of age, but ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota lawmakers still have work to do, but one measure they passed this session aims to reduce the number of senior citizens getting caught with unexpected medical bills due to the impact of patient status on Medicare coverage. Photo credit: Ted Van Pelt/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is taking action on a health care trend that's leaving some of the state's senior citizens with unexpected medical bills after a hospital stay. For Medicare to cover the cost of certain services, the patient must be officially admitted, not just classified with an ...Read More

PHOTO: This shared office space for nonprofit groups in Kentucky is growing as it hits its one year anniversary. Those involved say it fosters collaboration. Photo courtesy the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a Louisville office building there's shared space where nonprofit groups can work together under one roof. The place has a catchy name: (c)space, a play on the tax-exempt status of nonprofit 501 c-three groups. Since the co-space concept was launched a year ago this month a half ...Read More

PHOTO: Summertime in Arizona can be a deadly season in backyard swimming pools and on lakes and rivers, but National Drowning Prevention Month each May stresses water safety. Photo credit: City of Phoenix.

PHOENIX - If statistics hold steady, up to 75 children and adults in Arizona will die this year as a result of drowning. Lori Schmidt, president with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, says the purpose of National Drowning Prevention Month held each May is to stress the importance of wat ...Read More

GRAPH: GOP leaders at the WV Legislature say they want to cut business taxes to spark job growth. But according to state and federal figures analyzed by the WV Center on Budget & Policy, steep business tax cuts over the last ten years have not increased employment. Graph by WV COBP.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Cash-strapped West Virginia counties are watching a special tax committee at the legislature with dread. The Joint Select Committee on Fair Taxation may consider cuts to severance and business inventory taxes. Both could land hard on the counties, which have already strug ...Read More

PHOTO: Congress is considering a measure to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The act supports programs that provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care and help coordinating long-term care. Photo credit: jennie-o/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Older Americans Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, legislation to again reauthorize the act is being considered in Congress. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among the co-sponsors of the reauthorization measure, Senate Bill 192, said the act supports about one ...Read More

PHOTO: Sandy Simmons of Baptist Health Medical Center presented Frank Gardner with a plaque in recognition of his 16 years of partnership with them in teaching AARP Driver Safety. AARP Arkansas is highlighting Memorial Day Weekend as a good time to consider taking a safety course. Photo courtesy AARP Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Road-trip season officially gets under way this Memorial Day weekend. Summer travel planning is a good time to also brush up on safety tips, and AARP Arkansas offers driver-safety courses. Bob Rogers, AARP Arkansas Driver Safety coordinator, made it clear that there is no judgme ...Read More

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