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    PNS Daily News - August 28, 20150 


    Today’s rundown highlights issues from around the nation including: a new clean water rule blocked; with tax dollars up in flames the feds look to limit gas flaring; a decision could open the door to fast-food unions; and groups are fired up over Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Children's Issues

Doctors say developmental screening should be part of every well-child visit. Credit: DocsforTots.org

NEW YORK - Many children are about to start school for the first time, but doctors say the key to successful learning may be found long before children enter a classroom. In the first years of life, according to pediatricians, children's brains develop at a remarkable rate, and developmental proble ...Read More

Schools are opening with no state dollars as the budget impasse continues. Credit: fairfundingpa.org

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The budget impasse between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislators has schools scrambling to keep their doors open. Some school districts are borrowing money while others are cutting courses, increasing class size and furloughing teachers, said Mike Crossey, president of the Penn ...Read More

One-in-four Ohio teens admit to binge drinking; health leaders say SBIRT can help. Credit: incase/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One-in-four Ohio high school students admit to binge drinking, according to the Office of Adolescent Health, and a new strategy debuting in some Ohio schools is opening the door to conversations about drugs and alcohol with students. The SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Re ...Read More

The State Fair begins today with classics like the giant slide, along with new offerings like the Minnesota Department of Health's newborn screening booth. Credit: Lynn B/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and this year's run will include plenty of new offerings, including a booth focused on making sure babies in the state are getting off to a healthy start. For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Health's Newborn Screening Progr ...Read More

Cuts to Illinois' Child Care Assistance Program are leaving some working families struggling to afford child care. Credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says difficult decisions have to be made to manage the $4 billion budget. The governor filed an "emergency rule," narrowing eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program, a change that Emily Miller, director of policy and advocacy for Voice ...Read More

New research finds that North Dakota schools are not making the grade when it comes to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for kids with asthma or allergies. Credit: AskinTulayOver.

BISMARCK, N.D. – As students across North Dakota try to make the grade upon their return to class, new research shows schools in the state are falling short of the honor roll when it comes to protecting children with asthma or allergies. A study from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: Only 13 percent of American women have access to paid maternity leave. Credit: SolStock.

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. is dramatically behind the rest of the world in providing adequate support for mothers to spend time with their newborn babies, according to an investigative report by In These Times magazine. Sharon Lerner, the report's author, found most other countries, rich or poor, ma ...Read More

About 105,000 Floridians are eligible for the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). Workshops are being held in Miami on Saturday. Photo credit: avidcreative/iStock

MIAMI - Immigration advocates are pushing to get as many eligible people as possible enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ahead of the presidential election next year. That's because candidates such as Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have promised to end the program. D ...Read More

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