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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: federal agents are searching the scene of the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge; for college students it’s time to think about financial aid; California has a monumental moment with President Obama.

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North Carolina's Community Action Agencies "show the love" to their communities year-round. (mariask/morguefile.com)

LILLINGTON, N.C. - With Valentine's Day just two days away, many North Carolinians are looking for ways to "show the love" to friends and family - but North Carolina's 37 community-action agencies do that 365 days a year in the communities they serve. At least 92,000 people annually receive assista ...Read More

Supporters say the CARE Act would keep family caregivers better informed and better prepared when loved ones are released from the hospital. (Xenia/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington legislators are considering an idea that just became a state law in Oregon and Nevada. The CARE Act outlines rules for hospitals so when patients are discharged, they have a caregiver on record who can help with the transition. Among older patients, Medicare says one in ...Read More

At least 60 health, business and nonprofit groups are supporting Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - At least 60 businesses, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are now backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's ideas to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. The group is calling itself "It Makes Sense for South Dakota." Supporters say the expansion plans will not increase the state's general bud ...Read More

Experts say proving that tap water is contaminated isn't easy, and it's key to getting a federal response. (Michal Mojek/freeimages)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Flint, Michigan, water crisis is helping to shed light on water contamination cases across the nation, including in Hoosick Falls, New York. After his father died of kidney cancer, water tests in Michael Hickey's home in 2014 revealed high levels of PFOA, a water and oil repellent ...Read More

Zika virus carried by mosquitoes, like this one in tropical climates, has been linked to microcephaly, however there is no hard evidence proving the two are connected. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday confirmed Oregon's first case of Zika virus in 2016. The new infection is travel related, but the Health Authority did not say what country the individual visited. Before this year, three Oregonians had been diagnosed with the virus si ...Read More

New regulations in Utah now allow patients entering a hospital to designate a family caregiver that will be the official contact person. (wirelog/morguefile)

MIDVALE, Utah - A new rule in Utah gives important new rights to family caregivers when a loved one is in the hospital. The Patient Designated Caregiver Rule, proposed by AARP Utah and issued by the Utah Department of Health, allows each patient to designate a caregiver, who is notified when there ...Read More

Domestic-violence shelter usage in Connecticut has doubled since 2008. (CMY Kane/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's domestic-violence shelters are consistently full, according to a report released Tuesday. Karen Jarmoc, CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says since 2008, the number of women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence has doubled. O ...Read More

USDA will offer lead testing to WIC recipients in Flint. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dropped into Flint, Mich., on Wednesday to offer support for residents reeling from the water crisis. Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Dr. Katie Wilson announced residents in Flint who partic ...Read More

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