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    PNS Daily News - November 24, 20150 

    In focus on today’s nationwide rundown; we head into peak travel season with a worldwide travel alert from the State Department; some courts taking time today to give thanks to families; and concerns that climate change could wipe the oysters out of turkey dressing.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Connecticut was the first state in the nation to end chronic homelessness among veterans. Credit: R0sss/Flickr.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and in Connecticut there is reason to celebrate progress in the struggles many veterans have faced since leaving the armed forces. A few years ago, 10 percent of the adult homeless population in Connecticut was made up of veterans. Lisa Tepper Bates ...Read More

Alcohol use can impact academic performance. Credit: mcconnors/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It is often a challenge for almost anyone with substance abuse problems, especially teenagers, to reach out for help. So some schools in Ohio are using a new technique to better identify those at risk. Professionals with Health Partners of Western Ohio are screening student ...Read More

Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin says the state's drug courts, such as this one serving Calhoun and Roane counties, are producing good results. But he says the state has to do more in prevention. Credit: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - President Obama is discussing West Virginia's drug crisis with folks in Charleston today. One judge working hard on the issue says this is a good time for the state to move from reacting to the problem to better prevention. Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin can take a lot of ...Read More

State lawmakers like Delegate Don Perdue are considering what they would say to President Obama about West Virginia's drug abuse crisis when Obama is in Charleston. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - President Barack Obama will be in Charleston this week, to discuss West Virginia's drug crisis. Wayne County delegate Don Perdue has long worked on the issue and has some thoughts on what he would say to the president. Perdue has tried for years to get the legislature to incre ...Read More

Ohio opponents argue an anti-monopoly ballot measure is anti-democratic. Credit: Tom Arthur/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ballot measure to legalize marijuana is not the only controversial issue that will be before Ohio voters this November. Besides legalizing the drug, Issue 3 would give 10 facilities the exclusive right to grow marijuana. In response to concerns over the creation of a m ...Read More

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with marijuana should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine. Credit: Jan Havlicek/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum. Heather Fazio, Texas political director with the Marijuana Policy Pro ...Read More

Methadone and Suboxone are used to treat heroin addiction. Credit: Jr de Barbosa/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that expands access to medical treatment for drug addiction. The law amends state criminal procedure law to ensure that defendants and parolees are not penalized for using medically prescribed drugs to treat addiction while under a doctor's care. Acco ...Read More

A bill to be introduced at the Legislature would create a way for nonviolent felons to ask the court to give them a clean record after five years without getting in trouble. Photo by the WV state legislature.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - No matter how they live after being convicted, West Virginia felons have a hard time getting a job. But legislation could change that for some nonviolent former offenders. Kanawha County Delegate Mike Pushkin will sponsor his Second Chance for Employment Act again in the next ...Read More

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