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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 

    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Children's Issues

Governor Wolf is calling for a $377 million increase in K-12 funding for this year. (Gov. Tom Wolf/

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Teachers are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's stand on education funding. In December the governor line-item vetoed all but six months of school funding in the budget passed by the Legislature. In his budget address next week he will ask lawmakers to include the $377 million increase for t ...Read More

Early dental care can help a child grow in a variety of ways. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - While going to a dentist may not be at the top of a child's list of fun things to do, good oral health is vital to his or her overall health. Oral-health consultant Stephanie Chickering, an adviser to the Iowa Department of Public Health's I-Smile Dental Home Initiative, said it ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it ...Read More

States that expanded Medicaid had greatly reduced rates of uninsured workers, while states that did not, such as Missouri, showed half as much progress. (

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A report released this week by Families USA shows states that expanded Medicaid had, on average, a 25 percent reduction in the rate of uninsured workers. But since Missouri was one of eight states that has not expanded Medicaid since 2014, the decline was only 13 percent. Dee ...Read More

Nonprofit groups are pushing to renew access to the MinnesotaCare public insurance program. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With lawmakers set to consider the future of Minnesota's public health care programs, a nonprofit group is backing several proposals to expand access for low-income residents. Late last month, Gov. Mark Dayton's Health Care Finance Task Force laid out dozens of recommendati ...Read More

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council says their effort to require a prescription for cold medicines won't end until a law is in place. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – There's an effort in Indiana to keep the state from gaining the distinction of having the most methamphetamine labs in the country for a fourth straight year. Legislation was recently shot down that would have required a prescription for cold tablets that contain pseudoephedri ...Read More

Experts caution students and parents to beware of scammers waiting to prey on their efforts to secure federal financial aid money for college. (U.S. Department of Education/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The pressure is on for tens of thousands of high school and college students in North Carolina, as they try to access the federal financial aid available. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to getting money for the majority of students, and while ...Read More

Nevada has seen a big drop in the percentage of Hispanic children who are uninsured, thanks to Medicaid expansion and outreach events across the state. (Ramirez Group)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada has the best record in the country when it comes to reducing the percentage of uninsured Hispanic children, according to a new report. The study, called Historic Gains in Health Coverage for Hispanic Children in the Affordable Care Act's First Year, is from the Geo ...Read More

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