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    PNS Daily News - May 28, 20150 

    Our coast to coast news highlights several stories including: controversial new federal water rules hailed around the country; conservation groups sue to stop deep-sea mining; and a court order sought to free birth certificates of U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

Women's Issues

PHOTO: Two new reports measuring how women fare across the nation show that Texas fails women in work and family policies and women's political leadership. Photo credit: CrazyLegsKC/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got its report card on women's status in key areas compared with men, and the grades aren't good. Two new reports, the last of a seven-part series published by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, showed that Texas and the nation fall short on work and family policies fo ...Read More

PHOTO: More than two-thirds of the state's children are either growing up with a single mother who works or have both parents in the workforce, and activists say the state's policies need to reflect that reality. Photo credit: hotblack/

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. - Living paycheck to paycheck is the reality for many Michigan families, which is why experts and activists are gathering today to look at how to help more Michiganders get ahead instead of just getting by. A new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund found ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would remove what some call discriminatory restrictions on abortion funding. Photo credit: Cult Gigolo/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is taking steps to repeal decades-old provisions in state law that deny abortion coverage for women on Medicaid and those covered by state employee health insurance. According to opponents of House Bill 4013, public money should not be used to support or promote electiv ...Read More

PHOTO: Saying such decisions should be made by a woman and her family in consultation with the best medical advice available, a number of Wisconsin women's groups are strongly opposed to proposed legislation that would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

MADISON, Wis. – State lawmakers are likely to propose legislation that would ban abortions in Wisconsin after the 20th week, and Gov. Scott Walker says that if such a bill passes, he'll sign it. A number of women's health advocacy groups are strongly opposed to such legislation, calling it i ...Read More

PHOTO: May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and while teen pregnancy rates are at an all-time low nationally, at least 23 Indiana teens become pregnant each day. Photo credit: Grietgriet/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Teen pregnancy rates have reached historic lows in recent years, but there are still an estimated 23 Hoosier teens who become pregnant each day. During National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, reproductive health advocates are highlighting the impact of teen pregnancy on fami ...Read More

PHOTO: Local health leaders and educators are gathering in Chicago Tuesday with national experts to examine the ways Illinois is working to improve primary care. Photo credit: Vic/Flickr.

CHICAGO - It's a meeting of the minds over medical care in Illinois as doctors, pharmacists and educators are gathering in Chicago today to highlight community-based interventions that are improving health and enhancing primary care. Board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, Dr. Glen St ...Read More

Photo: Turquoise Takeover is a part of National Women's Lung Health Week, the second week in May. The American Lung Association uses the color turquoise, as seen here on the hands of these volunteers, to help bring awareness to the fact that lung cancer kills more women than the next three cancers combined. Many Wisconsin buildings and landmarks will be illuminated in turquoise this week to help draw attention to the need for research funding to beat lung cancer. Photo credit: ALA of Wisconsin

NEW BERLIN, Wis. – The second full week in May is National Women's Lung Health Week. Kim Schmidt is a member of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin's Leadership Board and chair of the Lung Force Women's Cabinet. She says people don't realize what a horrible killer lung cancer is. Lung ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota is looking to do more to help an especially vulnerable population of children and babies born to incarcerated mothers. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They are among the babies who face the biggest hurdles to healthy and successful lives, but more help may soon be on the way with added support for those Minnesota mothers giving birth behind bars. Last year Minnesota passed its first ever law that implemented standards of safety ...Read More

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