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    PNS Daily News - January 26, 20150 

    Today’s news highlights stories on variety of issues including: a major Nor’easter targeting the East Coast; a CIA whistleblower faces jail time; paid sick time on the table for legislators in Washington; and some say a new study on sodium should be taken with a grain of salt.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

PHOTO: On July 1, recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon. The process to create and implement regulations to sell it, however, will take about a year. Photo credit: greg346/

SALEM, Ore. – A survey posted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) asks Oregonians how they want the agency to implement the state's new law on selling marijuana for recreational use. About 10,000 people already have shared their opinions by taking the online survey, and it's only ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows support remains steady with two-thirds of Kentucky adults in favor of a a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Support for a statewide indoor smoke-free law remains steady according to new poll results, with two out of three Kentuckians supporting a ban. This is the fifth year the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the group Interact for Health has surveyed Kentuckians on the idea of pr ...Read More

PHOTO: In an unfortunate break with a downward trend of traffic fatalities in the Silver State, 2014 turned out to be a deadlier year on Nevada roads than 2013. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Eighteen more people died in traffic crashes in Nevada in 2014 than in 2013, according to Meg Ragonese with the Nevada Department of Transportation. The agency reports 284 traffic deaths for the year. "This rise in Nevada traffic fatalities is a tragic reminder, and an important ...Read More

PHOTO: The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy is one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects and childhood disabilities. Photo credit: Meagan/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is completely preventable, but there will be some 40-thousand babies born in the U.S. this year, including hundreds in Tennessee, diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Frederick Palmer, professor of pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cent ...Read More

PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Marylanders from MADD. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BALTIMORE - Impaired driving-related crashes took 152 lives in Maryland last year, and the holiday season is considered a dangerous period for the risk of a crash. The Maryland Department of Transportation recently teamed up with Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to u ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says efforts to prevent children in New Mexico from smoking, and helping current smokers quit, are severely underfunded. Photo courtesy of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - According to a recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, New Mexico will spend only $6 million of the $129 million it will receive this fiscal year from the 1998 Big Tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes on efforts to prevent kids from smoking, and helping smokers qui ...Read More

PHOTO: The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy predicts the state's change in Medicaid billing rules about who can provide behavioral-health services should mean more people get the help they need. Photo credit: George Hodan.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Along with expanding Medicaid to the working poor, West Virginia will change billing rules to provide more behavioral health services though the program. The Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing to accept Medicaid billing from independent, licensed, masters-leve ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowa law enforcement has already seized some 64,000 grams of methamphetamine in 2014, marking a nine-year high. Photo credit: Nathan Jongewaard/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - There are changing trends when it comes to the scourge of methamphetamine in Iowa, but the drug's dangerous and deadly grip remains tight in communities across the state. Thanks to laws on psuedoephedrine and meth precursor ingredients, there has been a dramatic drop in the numbe ...Read More

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