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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

A state grant for legal services will help New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS avoid homelessness and hunger. Photo credit Bex Wade/flicker.com

NEW YORK – New York state is helping families and individuals living with HIV and AIDS get access to legal services. Beyond the cost of medical care, people living with HIV face a long list of legal concerns. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $2.5 million would be distributed amo ...Read More

Health checkups aren't top-of-mind for most Oregon teens, but getting more young people to get regular screenings is a statewide goal of the Oregon Health Authority. Credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – One of Oregon's state health priorities is getting more teens the regular preventive care that will help establish healthy habits in adulthood. But adolescents are busy, and some have to be convinced that it's OK to talk with an adult about their concerns. As a group, teens ma ...Read More

Pro-choice groups in Kentucky rally behind Planned Parenthood as the nonprofit organization faces the threat of losing its federal funding. Credit: istock.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senate Republicans, including Kentucky's Rand Paul, did not have the votes this week to defund Planned Parenthood. The failed effort to block $500 million in federal support for the reproductive health organization comes as Planned Parenthood faces a backlash from an anti-abortion ...Read More

PHOTO: Last year, the eight Planned Parenthood health centers in Indiana and Kentucky saw 15,244 patients and distributed nearly 75,000 contraceptives, but some fear those services could be in jeopardy in the organization's current political battle. Photo courtesy Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The fate of federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and across the nation still is up in the air, and that has some women concerned about access to the health-care services they rely on. In Bloomington, Lyndsey Schmid, 33, had been going to Planned Parenthood r ...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: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

PHOTO: This sculpture represents awareness of HIV/AIDS. The North Dakota Department of Health is seeing a rising number of HIV/AIDS cases, affecting all areas of the state. Photo credit: Jayel Aheram/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today marks the observance of World AIDS Day, and it comes at a time when there are rising concerns about AIDS in North Dakota. Lindsey VanderBusch, manager of the HIV/STD/Hepatitis/TB program for the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Today marks World AIDS Day, and events around the state will be held to build understanding of the disease, and educate to stop the spread. A simple blood test can determine a person's status. Photo credit: Alden Chadwick/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – For more than 25 years around the globe, Dec. 1 has been a day to bring awareness and understanding about AIDS. And to commemorate World AIDS Day, services, memorials and educational events are being held across Indiana. Leeah Hopper, executive program director of AIDS Minis ...Read More

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