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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.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd ...Read More

A proposal for $41 million in President Obama's budget proposal would help New Mexico and others clear the backlog of untested rape kits. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Victims advocacy groups are hailing the inclusion of $41 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, also called rape kits, across the United States. In New Mexico, a 2015 audit discovered more than 5,400 ...Read More

Ohio's rate of new HIV infections is slightly higher than the national average. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has the resources needed to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but according to new research from the Center for Community Solutions, there's no one steering the ship. Despite advances in treating and preventing the disease, the report finds about 4,000 Ohioans are ...Read More

The Zika virus is prevalent in the areas seen in purple, mostly in the Caribbean basin, Central and South America, and southern Mexico. (CDC)

AUSTIN, Texas - Public health officials in Texas are reporting nine cases of the Zika virus in the state's three largest cities. The Department of State Health Services said Tuesday it has confirmed seven cases in the Houston area and one in San Antonio, all persons who recently traveled to countri ...Read More

An Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the state's ability to prosecute cases based on testing its backlog of thousands of rape kits. (Analogue Kid/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the state's initiative to clear the backlog of untested rape kits. The state is appealing a decision by the Eighth District Court of Appeals in the case of Demetrius Jones. The appeals court had dismissed his rape and kidnapping charges beca ...Read More

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close its Dubuque location and move staff to Cedar Rapids in order to better address patient needs. (Planned Parenthood)

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Planned Parenthood is closing its location in Dubuque not because of a lack of demand there, but because there's more demand in Cedar Rapids. Angie Remington, public relations manager of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says the change will take place as soon as the building in D ...Read More

The Supreme Court declined to review North Dakota's six-week abortion ban, effectively blocking the 2013 law permanently. (Morguefile.com/Kconnors)

BISMARCK, N.D. -Women's health advocates are praising the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing on Monday to review North Dakota's six-week abortion ban. The move upholds a lower-court ruling from last year that blocked the state's controversial "fetal heartbeat" law. Critics claimed the legislation, one ...Read More

Men dominate the national conversation about women's reproductive health, according to a new report. (LuckyBusiness/iStockphoto)

DENVER – Male voices and perspectives are blocking out females – even in coverage of women's reproductive health – according to new research by the Women's Media Center. It says journalists who are women produce 37 percent of articles on contraception or abortion, compared with 5 ...Read More

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