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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Mental Health

PHOTO: AARP Oregon says the typical family caregiver is a woman in her 60s who works full or part-time and helps her older parent with transportation and chores, and often oversees medications and personal finances. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com.

SALEM, Ore. - A new AARP survey of Oregonians ages 45 and older finds most of them are, or one day will be, caregivers for an aging family member. Groups that want the state to acknowledge that, and pitch in to help, converge on the Capitol today. As lawmakers wrestle with budget decisions, the "C ...Read More

PHOTO: They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

OLYMPIA, Wash. - This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by stat ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just ...Read More

PHOTO: Poet Kane Smego is coming to Charleston this week to address a conference of Social Workers. He says says he'll talk about a central part of his work - teaching young people how to use spoken word performances to better understand themselves and others. Photo courtesy of Smego.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Poetry is a tool that can help young people break out of isolation, according to the keynote speaker at a conference of social workers this week. Spoken word artist Kane Smego plans to talk to folks about how it works Wednesday morning during the annual spring conference ...Read More

PHOTO: New protections against hostile work environments are coming for state employees, as Minnesota Management and Budget releases a new Respectful Workplace Policy. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After more than three years in the making, Minnesota today is rolling out new rules to help prevent bullying on the job for the state's nearly 40,000 public employees. The Respectful Workplace Policy was created by Minnesota Management and Budget with input from such groups as the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

PHOTO: The Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Phoenicia, New York, will be the site of the first Mindfulness for Leadership Excellence program in the U.S., addressing digital overload. Photo courtesy of Menla Mountain Retreat Center.

PHOENICIA, N.Y. - The benefits of putting down the wireless devices are increasingly touted as good for physical and mental health, but it's sometimes difficult to unplug, especially for managers and executives. There's help in the form of the first-ever Digital Detox retreat for executives in th ...Read More

PHOTO: About 200 people gathered on the Capitol steps in Boise to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month in Idaho yesterday. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Law enforcement officers, students and social workers were among the 200 people who kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month on the Capitol steps in Boise on Wednesday. Speakers described the topic as one that's traditionally been painful to bring up, but which needs to be discussed t ...Read More

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