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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Children's Issues

Virginia is moving toward a smarter, more integrated approach to early-childhood development, say advocates for early learning. (National Institute For Early Education)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is taking a smart approach to early childhood development efforts, according to advocates of early learning. The state has been criticized for not making public preschool accessible to more children, but Emily Griffey, senior policy analyst for early care and education at V ...Read More

Texas is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are seeing a firestorm of criticism over their lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Texas, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender s ...Read More

Arizona is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (tzahiv/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are hearing a firestorm of criticism over joining a lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Arizona, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender ...Read More

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month, and Tennesseans are being reminded about the importance of proper skin protection before heading out into the sun. (LetIdeasCompete/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Roughly 2,000 Tennesseans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, based on the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency. On Thursday, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention wants to remind folks about the importance of skin protection in the sun ...Read More

Arizona voters have approved a measure to provide $3.5 billion in school funds over the next decade, but advocates say much more money is needed to hire teachers, buy books and fix buildings. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona voters narrowly approved Proposition 123 last week, which will provide inflationary funding for schools for the next decade. The same group that got that $3.5 billion funding package approved say there is a lot more work to do to bring the state's schools up to par. The group wants ...Read More

An analysis from Salem found an initiative heading to the November ballot to tax large corporations would add $3 billion to Oregon's budget. (Shaundd/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - A proposal heading to the November ballot would raise taxes on the largest corporations in Oregon in order to fund education, health care and senior services in the state. That proposal, Initiative Petition 28, would add $3 billion a year to the state's budget, according to an analysi ...Read More

The red areas indicate the use of herbicides containing glyphosate in New York City parks. (www.RevBilly.com/maps)

NEW YORK - An interactive, online map could tell you if you're living near a public park where an herbicide that may cause cancer is being used. The map is the work of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, a group that calls itself an "anti-consumerist, direct action" organization. It's ma ...Read More

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin has information that will help pay for asthma medications. (MayerKleinosthein, iStockPhoto.com)

WEST BEND, Wis. – Asthma is a chronic lung disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled. In Wisconsin, one in ten adults and one in thirteen children have asthma. May is Asthma Awareness Month, and Kristen Grimes, who manages the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition, recommends that all asthm ...Read More

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