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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Integrating dental care at the same sites as people get medical care is one idea that could make Kentucky's Medicaid program work more efficiently. (Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A broad cross-section of people who are interested in how Kentucky will implement changes to its Medicaid program have spoken - and their ideas are now being made public. Nearly 130 stakeholders were brought together earlier this month by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Acc ...Read More

The head of the state Senate Budget Committee says he's exasperated by the situation West Virginia lawmakers have put themselves in. (West Virginia State Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have boxed themselves into a budget crisis, and the head of a legislative budget-writing committee says it keeps him up nights worrying about it. There are some signs of motion in the House going into the weekend, but Senate Finance Committee chairman Mik ...Read More

Experts say children and adults alike should know the basics of swimming. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Whether it's in Lake Michigan or at a neighborhood pool, summer means swim time for folks around the state. But no matter their level of swimming experience, all people need to use caution around water, safety experts say. Dr. Brad Uren, an emergency physician with the Uni ...Read More

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month, and Tennesseans are being reminded about the importance of proper skin protection before heading out into the sun. (LetIdeasCompete/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Roughly 2,000 Tennesseans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, based on the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency. On Thursday, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention wants to remind folks about the importance of skin protection in the sun ...Read More

Too many people drown every summer in Missouri lakes and rivers. Health officials are urging caution with the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend. (moparks.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Boating season is about to kick into high gear on waterways around the state, and officials are urging Missouri swimmers and boating enthusiasts to take the proper precautions to stay safe. Nearly 30 people in the state died of accidental drowning or submersion in 2014. Serge ...Read More

Of more than 80,000 chemicals sold, only about 200 have been tested for safety. (CGP Grey/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – A bill to significantly strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act should soon be law across the country. The 1976 law made it almost impossible to evaluate the safety and control the use of the more than 80,000 chemicals sold in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Pr ...Read More

Clean-energy advocates protest against a power plant proposed for Oxnard at a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission in December. (Rene Garcia/CAUSE)

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted today to approve a permit for a new gas-fired power plant in the City of Oxnard, over the objections of the Oxnard City Council and local clean energy advocates. The Puente Power Project, a 262-megawatt peaker plant backed by NR ...Read More

An analysis from Salem found an initiative heading to the November ballot to tax large corporations would add $3 billion to Oregon's budget. (Shaundd/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - A proposal heading to the November ballot would raise taxes on the largest corporations in Oregon in order to fund education, health care and senior services in the state. That proposal, Initiative Petition 28, would add $3 billion a year to the state's budget, according to an analysi ...Read More

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