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    PNS Daily News - March 27, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; airlines worldwide reported to be considering revamping cockpit rules; Philadelphia police shootings said to be part of a larger pattern; a new report ranks the jobs picture for college grads; and a comeback story for the piping plover.

Mental Health

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch ...Read More

MAP: A new report that details the benefits and 50-year history of Community Health Centers notes that they are key to getting affordable health care to folks in Wyoming. A big chunk of the federal funding that keeps the clinics open is set to expire in October, unless Congress acts. Map provided by the Wyoming Primary Care Association.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A new report that details the benefits and 50-year history of Community Health Centers notes that they are key to getting affordable health care to folks in rural areas - which describes most of Wyoming. Nearly 20,000 Wyomingites receive care at 13 health centers in Wyoming, said J ...Read More

PHOTO: Community Health Centers treat all people, no matter their ability to pay. In Washington, that means more than 830,000 patients a year at over 250 sites. CHCs are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Photo credit: Pencap/iStockphoto.com.

SEATTLE - More Washingtonians have access to healthcare today because of a poverty-fighting experiment that began 50 years ago. Community Health Centers are the local clinics in many neighborhoods that turn no one away for lack of money or medical insurance. Today, Washington has more than 250 clin ...Read More

PHOTO: The Strengthening Families Training Institute gets underway today in Boise for two days of sharing tools to protect children from abuse and neglect. Photo credit: Pixabay.com.

BOISE, Idaho - Child abuse and neglect prevention, and healing for the abused are the focus of the Strengthening Families Training Institute, which gets underway Tuesday at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center for two days of sharing tools to protect children and families. Pat Stanislaski, directo ...Read More

PHOTO: New York could save $45 billion a year in health care costs if it adopts a single-payer insurance program for all the state's residents, according to a new report from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Photo credit: 401(K) 2012/Flickr.

NEW YORK - New York could save $45 billion a year in health care costs if it adopted a so-called "single-payer" insurance program. That's according to a new report from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which looked at the economic impact of a bill in the state assembly that would cut out ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana has the country’s second-highest rate of incarcerated parents, and there are efforts under way to better support these children and families and break the cycle of incarceration. Photo credit: larryfarr/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Prison bars separate nearly 1,900 Indiana kids and their parents. Experts say it's a situation that can leave a lifelong imprint on a child. Rachel Halleck, director of behavioral services with Volunteers of America, Indianapolis, says the challenges these children face often stem f ...Read More

PHOTO: With the Great Recession leading to unemployment, foreclosures and other financial difficulties, there was also an increase in the number of middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. who took their own lives. Photo credit: Victor/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been a significant increase in suicides among middle-aged and older adults, and it appears a portion of the rise can be attributed to the Great Recession. A new study shows that suicide rates in the U.S. for those aged 40 to 64 rose sharply from 2007 to 2010, and ex ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This is Spread the Word to End the Word day, an effort to get all people to stop using the word "retarded." Graphic courtesy of Special Olympics.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa and the nation are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others - whether that is the intent or not. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their v ...Read More

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