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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Women's Issues

PHOTO: Tacoma has decided it's time for a paid sick leave policy for employers in the city, but the debate continues about whether the current proposal is useful or practical for workers. Photo credit: meggi/FeaturePics.com.

TACOMA, Wash. - Workers in Tacoma are watching City Hall this week, as a proposal to allow them to earn three days of paid sick leave per year is officially introduced at a City Council meeting Tuesday. While they acknowledge it's better to have some paid time off than none, many are speaking out a ...Read More

PHOTO: Another skirmish in the abortion battle? Some in North Carolina are concerned that the public comment period on new DHHS rules for clinics that perform abortions will fuel the longtime debate on the topic. Photo credit: Larryography/FeaturePics.com

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The future of reproductive health in North Carolina is in the hands of the general public. This month, the North Carolina Department of Health (DHHS) and Human Services proposed new regulations for abortion clinics and now the public has an opportunity to comment. If 10 ...Read More

PHOTO: Baby Carson, shown here with his mother, was among the first infants born with a single ventricle defect to successfully test the new Cardiac High-Acuity Monitoring Program, or CHAMP, app from Children's Mercy. Photo courtesy of J. Salazar.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For babies born with certain heart defects, every second and every detail can be critical, and now a new app is helping families collect and instantly send potentially life-saving information to doctors. Each year, 3,000 babies in the U.S. are born with a single ventricle heart de ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal judge has ruled an Indiana abortion law unconstitutional, saying it unfairly treats abortion clinics differently from physician's offices, even if they prescribe the same medications. Photo credit: M. Connors/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Supporters of women's reproductive rights call it a victory, but the Indiana Attorney General's Office says it is reviewing a federal judge's ruling that an abortion law is unconstitutional. The law would have required abortion facilities that offer only nonsurgical abortions to meet ...Read More

Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop delivers healthy food to the Coalition Against Hunger. Credit: Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles just wrapped up a month-long online food drive in which fans could purchase healthy foods of their choice that will stock two sites known as Green Light Pantries. Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota child-care facilities have made dramatic progress in reducing SIDS deaths in the state, through education and training. Photo credit: Anthony J/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has declined significantly since the 1990s, but dozens are still dying in Minnesota each year, drawing attention to the importance of sleep safety. The most critical step in reducing the risk of SIDS is positioning a baby f ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP says more should be done to recognize and support unpaid family caregivers. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians care for aging or ill parents or spouses at home. For many, this means the family can stay together instead of being separated, with one of them in a costly and often distant institution. Estimates ...Read More

PHOTO: More than one in seven North Dakotans now are providing care for a family member, and many have had little or any instruction on how to perform medical tasks at home. Photo courtesy of AARP.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota lawmakers soon will convene for 2015, and one piece of legislation they're being asked to consider aims to better support the state's family caregivers. One of the main provisions of the CARE Act is for facilities to provide instructions and demonstrations on tasks to ...Read More

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