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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Mental Health

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: A Kentucky state senator says a moratorium on Kentucky's death penalty is needed until problems are fixed. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On the same day Pennsylvania's governor placed a moratorium on the death penalty in the Keystone state, a Kentucky lawmaker filed a bill to make what she says would be moderate reforms to Kentucky's laws. State Sen. Robin Webb maintains there are so many problems with Kentuc ...Read More

PHOTO: A Duke sociologist found in her research that socioeconomic status in childhood impacts decisions later in life, even when that person marries someone who grew up with more financial resources. Photo credit: Fabrice Lambert/Wikimedia Commons.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Your compatibility with your partner may come down to dollars and cents, according to the research of a Duke University professor. Sociologist Jessi Streib studied couples in which each partner grew up in a different socio-economic class and found that even if you "marry up," yo ...Read More

PHOTO: A new issue brief from the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio outlines steps that can be implemented to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion in Ohio's schools. Photo credit: Lance Nellson/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New research shows current policies may not be adequately protecting Ohio school children from the use of seclusion and restraint. The state Board of Education approved rules to regulate the use of the discipline practices in 2013, including the collection of data on its use. Acco ...Read More

PHOTO: State lawmakers in Washington are pondering whether voters would want to amend the Constitution to require that two-thirds of all state revenue be used to fund education. Critics of the idea say it's a noble goal but would make the budget a lot less flexible in future years. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A coalition is making some noise about a proposal in the Legislature to direct two-thirds of all new state revenue to education. According to the group Washington United for Fair Revenue, it seems like a noble goal but would restrict lawmakers' ability to fund other important prior ...Read More

IMAGE: President Obama is expected to sign the Clay Hunt suicide prevention bill, which passed the Senate 99-0 Tuesday. Suicide prevention advocates say it will increase access to treatment in the Granite State. Image credit: Department of Veterans Affairs.

CONCORD, N.H. - The unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate to approve the Clay Hunt suicide prevention bill should mean improved access to mental health treatment for veterans in the Granite State, according to local advocates. Kenneth Norton, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illnes ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota authored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, with a goal of reducing the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans. Photo courtesy of Rep. Walz office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Senate is expected to approve legislation this afternoon that seeks to prevent suicide among military veterans through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has already won unanimous appr ...Read More

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident ...Read More

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