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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Women's Issues

There is a growing trend in Wisconsin toward more women as sole proprietors or primary operators of livestock farms. (Jessica Arp)

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The role of women on the farm is a huge part of the history of agriculture in Wisconsin, and a June 3 workshop on a woman-owned farm in Blanchardville will feature several women who run their own operations. Robert Bauer, a grazing broker for the Southwest Badger Resource Conser ...Read More

Two new reports show what it takes for Wyoming families to get by without public or private assistance. (Wyoming Women's Foundation)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Two new reports released today by the Wyoming Women's Foundation show what it takes for families to get by without public or private assistance, and how to achieve economic security. The first report calculates a Self-Sufficiency Standard for each county based on "bare bones" bud ...Read More

Women lawmakers are taking the lead on a bill pending at the State House that would ensure doctor-patient confidentiality when it comes to insurance companies' explanation of benefits. (Scholars Strategy Network)

BOSTON - A legislative effort led by women involves doctor-patient confidentiality. Shauna Shames, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, says it's no surprise women lawmakers are in the lead in sponsoring the Explanation-of-Benefits (EOB) bill that would prevent ...Read More

Moms are fighting for clean air for children across the country. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Commission on Climate Change will be meeting twice this week to discuss an update being made to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The idea is to set climate pollution limits on fossil fuel power plants through 2030. Environmental groups, community lead ...Read More

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As ...Read More

Beginning in July Tennessee public schools will be required to increase physical education for children up to sixth grade. (Ian Schofield/flickr.com)

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - "Let's Get Physical." And like the song, starting in July Tennessee students in elementary schools will be doing more of just that with a change in state law that will require them to get additional physical activity. Currently students are required to perform at least 90 minute ...Read More

Missouri has about 500 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year. Most are men, and about half are in communities of color. (CDC)

ST. LOUIS - Missouri continues to be in the top half of state rankings for new cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Around 500 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed in the state each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing is offered at Planned Paren ...Read More

Ohio joins several other states in considering legislation to expand the use of dental therapists. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans could have better access to oral health care under new legislation. Senate Bill 330, introduced Tuesday by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), would expand the dental team to include dental therapists. They are specially trained practitioners who can perform some routine p ...Read More

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