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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 


    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

For people suffering from mental health issues, stigma is a major barrier to seeking help. (Pixabay)

DENVER - For people struggling with mental health issues, stigma is a major barrier to seeking help, according to a new Iowa State University report. The research measured how 370 college students responded when given the opportunity to learn more online about mental health services. Daniel Lann ...Read More

Of the 20,000 New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession in 2015, 83 percent were black or Latino. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Near the close of the legislative session, a bill to seal court records on thousands of marijuana-possession arrests cleared the state Assembly. Possession of marijuana for personal use was decriminalized in New York in 1977. In the past 20 years, however, more than 700,000 New York ...Read More

Faced with a government shutdown, many in the GOP-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates, including Speaker Tim Armstead, reluctantly voted to raise tobacco taxes. (Perry Bennett/W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The House of Delegates has approved raising the state tobacco tax, removing the big obstacle to resolving West Virginia's budget standoff. The House voted to raise cigarette taxes by 65 cents a pack, then passed a budget that relies on the $100 million in new revenue. During ...Read More

Support is strong in all geographic regions of Kentucky for a statewide smoke-free law according to the latest poll data. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Policies that lead to decreased smoking rates are now garnering strong support in all five regions of the Bluegrass State, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey found two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law prohibiting smoking indoors in most pub ...Read More

Bringing back hemp as a fully lawful and viable crop for Wisconsin farmers is one of the projects supported by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. (MFAI)

EAST TROY, Wis. - Many years ago, Wisconsin was a national leader in the production of industrial hemp, but since the 1950s hemp has been banned by the federal government. There is a national movement to bring hemp back and this week is Hemp History Week. Allison Pratt-Szeliga, crop and soil re ...Read More

Nursing students teach proper foot care to patients in homeless shelters in Fayetteville. (Eleanor Mann School of Nursing)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An innovative community nursing program in Fayetteville is being called such a success that it may be expanded to other communities around the state. Nursing students have been holding health fairs for two semesters at the city's homeless shelter, doing blood pressure an ...Read More

First-time offenders caught with small amounts of drugs like cocaine and heroin will no longer face felony charges in Maine. (Credit: Drug Enforcement Administration)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Starting next month, Mainers who would have faced felony charges for possession of small amounts of drugs will instead receive a misdemeanor. A legislative compromise put a lid on the felony charges. When the legislative session began, Attorney General Janet Mills was pushing to ...Read More

Some first-time DUI offenders in Pennsylvania will be required to install ignition interlocks in their cars. (Rsheram/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is clamping down harder on drunk driving. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires many first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock on their vehicles for a year. The device prevents the car from starting when t ...Read More

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