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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.

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PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state wants to educate the public about the negative health effects of electronic cigarettes. Public health officials point to recent reports that found the number of calls to poison-control centers about e-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year. A report from th ...Read More

PHOTO: Mentors and young people are matched up according to their interests, from hunting and sports to games and movies. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest/Flickr.

DICKINSON, N.D. - Those North Dakotans who have resolved to make a difference this year are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. A variety of mentoring programs in cities statewide match at-risk children with caring adults, but many more are in need of strong role models. ...Read More

PHOTO: It's a message with a backbeat. The rock band GOODING is playing at high schools in Colorado and across the country in order to connect with kids about the importance of financial literacy and saving money, rather than relying on payday or "same day" loans to get by. Photo courtesy of GOODING.

DENVER - It's toxic. That's the message consumer watchdog groups are sending on this "National Day of Action Against Payday Lenders." After state legislation passed in 2010, payday-lending companies have had relatively tougher laws to follow in Colorado than in neighboring states. There's now a 45 ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell with Jason Donofrio from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund at a recent White House Healthy Young America Conference, which included a focus on "National Youth Enrollment Day." Photo courtesy of Arizona PIRG.

PHOENIX - Younger adults in Arizona and around the nation are being encouraged to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this Thursday on "National Youth Enrollment Day." The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is among a coalition of organizations working on college c ...Read More

PHOTO: Students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College are among those who could benefit from President Barack Obama's proposal for two years of free tuition for community college students nationwide. The head of Kentucky's statewide system calls the idea a great investment. Photo courtesy Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

VERSAILLES, Ky. – The newly-appointed president of Kentucky's Community and Technical College System says President Barack Obama's call for free tuition would be a great investment. Known as America's College Promise, Obama's plan would pay for two years of community college for students who ...Read More

PHOTO: Child-welfare agencies in Ohio are using new strategies that engage foster youth in the process of building lifelong connections, and finding permanent homes. Photo credit: holyho20/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Child-welfare agencies around Ohio are finding success with new strategies that include foster children in the planning of their future. The Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program uses a child-centered approach that engages foster youth in the process of finding a permanent home. Deb Down ...Read More

PHOTO: Focusing on the fallout from Chicago's 2013 school closings, a new documentary series is opening a dialogue about public education and equity in Illinois. Photo credit: Bill Healy.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new documentary series is opening a dialogue about public education and equity in Illinois. Focusing on the fallout from Chicago's historic closing of 49 public schools in 2013, "The School Project" examines the issues affecting the schools now, and gives a voice to parents and ...Read More

PHOTO: Student Sarai Lopez works with Whitman College astronomy professor Andrea Dobson to prepare a high altitude weather balloon for its inaugural launch. In the background, students Cynthia Montalvo and Cynthia Macias talk with Garrison Middle School science teacher Sue Parrish. Photo courtesy of FORWARD Space Project.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - To make the point that after-school programs that teach technology are paying off for kids, a group of high school students will bring a science project to Olympia on Wednesday. The young women, all Latinas, are from the Walla Walla School District, where they've been collaborating ...Read More

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