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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.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

PHOTO: Anti-tobacco groups and activists say increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 would go a long way toward reducing the number of Ohio smokers, and save tens of thousands of lives per year. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anti-tobacco groups say time is running out to address Ohio's smoking epidemic. At more than 23 percent, Ohio's smoking rate is the eighth highest in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. Each year more than 20,000 people die because of their own smoking. It's a ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal and state leaders are working to combat the HIV epidemic in southern Indiana. Some policy experts say syringe exchanges reduce the spread of infectious diseases and should be made accessible statewide on a permanent basis. Photo credit: Nathan F/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – A temporary syringe exchange program is in place in Scott County to combat the HIV epidemic in Indiana, but some policy experts say it's not a long-term solution. Most of the 143 confirmed HIV cases are believed to be connected to injection drug use. Bill Piper, director of ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just ...Read More

PHOTO: While several groups are working to legalize marijuana in one way or another in Ohio, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds most Ohio voters favor legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and more than half support legalization for recreational use. Photo credit: Petr Broz/Wikimedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new poll finds strong support for the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio, and efforts are intensifying in the Buckeye State to make it a reality. Responsible Ohio is gathering signatures for a 2015 ballot amendment to allow the purchase of both recreationa ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill that would make driving under the influence a felony on a fourth conviction is getting bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Photo Credit: Bev Sykes/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make a fourth DUI conviction a class-4 felony. The original proposal was amended after it became apparent how costly the measure would be for taxpayers. The new version cuts costs by a $1 million in the first year, and projections for three years ou ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill in the North Carolina State Assembly proposes criminalizing women for using drugs while pregnant. Women advocates insist there's a better way to confront the problem. Photo credit: morguefile.com/larryfarr

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina women who bear a child born addicted to or harmed by drugs could face criminal prosecution, if a bill proposed in the state Assembly passes and is signed into law. Lynn Shoemaker, advocacy and issues director for Women AdvaNCe, a nonpartisan institute that advocates f ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts recommend lots of water and a pain reliever to survive a post-St. Paddy's Day hangover. Photo credit: morguefile.com/dhester

UNION CITY, Tenn. - If yesterday's luck of the Irish is leaving you feeling green today, the best medicine can be found from your kitchen faucet. Water and hydration is everything, said Dr. John Hale, a family practitioner and incoming president of the Tennessee Medical Association. "The key is to ...Read More

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