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    PNS Daily News - October 5, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; the fight continues in support of public lands; New York steps up bail reform efforts; and a Southern City examines an unconventional approach to the problem of homelessness.

Mental Health

Advocates say recording devices can help prevent abuse at nursing homes. Credit: Alvimann/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Family and friends of nursing home residents in Illinois soon will be able to have additional peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are receiving adequate care. A new state law takes effect January 1 that allows residents at nursing homes to install surveillance camera ...Read More

Forty percent of prisoners on Riker's Island are there because they can't afford bail. Credit: Cdogsimmons/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - New York state is taking a serious look at reforming bail for criminal defendants. Last week the state's chief judge said he will institute several changes including encouraging judges to set bail at affordable levels, reviewing bail amounts within 10 days of arraignment, and retraining j ...Read More

Mental and physical health and a person's lifestyle choices are so closely linked that some clinics are adding behavioral health services, funded by CareOregon. Credit: Amanda Mills/CDC.

PORTLAND, Ore. – CareOregon is making a $7 million investment to add staff and more behavioral health services to some of the clinics in its provider network. Mental health services have traditionally been separate from other types of health care, but that is changing. The idea behind a Coor ...Read More

Experts from around the country are in Phoenix to talk about juvenile justice reform. Credit: jodylehigh/

PHOENIX - You don't have to lock kids up to reduce juvenile crime. It's a change in thinking that's spread across the country with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, referred to as JDAI. Professionals who work with young people are in Phoenix this week to discuss the successes of the ...Read More

Uber is facing a slew of lawsuits by disability advocates claiming the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Credit: Anders Wiuff/

NEW YORK - Uber is under fire from those who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several lawsuits claim the company rejected guide dogs for the blind and passengers in wheelchairs. And a group of cab drivers just filed a lawsuit against New York City c ...Read More

Para Educator Nancy Burke (r.) with student Taylor Warren. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - A Massachusetts educator won national recognition this week for a garden project that enables high school students in wheelchairs to do some digging in the dirt. Nancy Burke, an education support professional at Haverhill High School, won top honors at the Bammy Awards this weekend. She s ...Read More

At $750 a pill, treatment with Daraprim rose to more than $300,000 a year. Credit: Ladyheart/

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign wants to know if the 5,000 percent increase in the price of a potentially life-saving drug is illegal. The drug, called Daraprim, is used to treat a parasitic infection and has been around for decades. When Martin Shkreli took over New York-based Turing Phar ...Read More

An Illinois lawmaker says the death penalty should be reinstated for heinous crimes.  Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Will the death penalty be coming back to Illinois? There have been no executions since 2000, when a moratorium was put in place by Gov. George Ryan, and capital punishment was eventually abolished in 2011. Democratic state Sen. Bill Haine has said he intends to file legislati ...Read More

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