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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

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PHOTO: Members of the Health Care For All HelpLine Team are working overtime assisting hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility. With the deadline so close, those needing assistance are urged to head to their nearest community health center. Photo ourtesy: Health Care For All.

BOSTON - A critical deadline is at hand for hundreds of thousands in the Bay State to renew their coverage under the Medicaid program. Some already are past the deadline, but have a grace period until the end of the month. Anyone who got a letter in the mail at the start of the year notifying them ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide state money to private and religious schools. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education.

AUSTIN, Texas - A state Senate panel heard testimony on Thursday about a series of measures that would give money to parents who want to enroll their children in private and religious schools. Opponents say Texas can't afford to pay for a private-education system if it can't adequately fund public s ...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: More than 800,000 students in schools across Maryland are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. While not just for students, the Hear the Maryland Crunch Initiative is intended to promote school breakfast. Photo credit: Sipa/Pixabay.com.

BALTIMORE - More than 800,000 students in school districts across Maryland, along with Catholic schools in Baltimore, are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. The Hear the Maryland Crunch initiative promotes school breakfast, along with the message that every c ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is ...Read More

Photo: Experts recommend using caution when it comes to what information you share online, in an effort to avoid cyberbullies. Photo credit: morguefile.com/gaborfromhungary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cyber bullying can happen to anyone of any age, according to author Blair London, who heard some of her adult friends share stories of their experiences on social media. After researching, she realized they were not alone. She maintains the distance provided by online co ...Read More

PHOTO: Itís National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Ohio say everyone in a community plays role in preventing violence before it occurs. Photo credit: hilarycl/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Youth violence is preventable say many health and education leaders as schools and organizations around Ohio observe National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The Ohio Violence Prevention Academy provides training to combat violence in schools and neighborhoods. The group&# ...Read More

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