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    PNS Daily News - August 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a television reporter and cameraman are fatally shot during a live television broadcast in Virginia; and a federal class action lawsuit claims thousands of non-English speaking parents in Philadelphia are being denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the special education process; and the wolf pack in back in California.

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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

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: Operation Ceasefire combines the efforts of police, prosecutors, public health and social services to target gang violence hotspots Photo credit: Rich Legg/iStock.

The community of San Bernardino came together Thursday night for a vigil to honor 4-year-old Daniel Munoz, who was shot to death in his aunt's front yard in late July, the victim of random violence. The San Bernardino Police Department is looking to make a difference by establishing a program calle ...Read More

Ohio's Safe Haven law allows new parents to leave a newborn with a worker at a hospital, police station, or fire station without the threat of prosecution. Credit: ryndon/Morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Child welfare leaders in Ohio are raising awareness about the state's Safe Haven law, after the recent arrest of a college student for allegedly abandoning her newborn child. The baby girl was found dead in a trashcan on Muskingum University's campus, and it's a tragedy that ...Read More

Teens are turning to e-cigarettes in large numbers, which doctors say is problematic on many fronts. Credit: www.vaping360.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As summer winds down and kids return to their classes and friends, health experts want to make sure parents make children aware of the dangers posed by electronic cigarettes. The good news is fewer teens are picking up the smoking habit, but the latest data from the CDC sho ...Read More

PHOTO:  With the start of school in Illinois, educational experts are working to bring chronic absenteeism into focus to ensure all students develop good attendance habits. Photo credit: David Schott/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois kids can start the school year off right by attending the first day of class, but research finds it's crucial that students have good attendance throughout the year. Madelyn James, director of the Birth-to-Eight Project with Voices for Illinois Children, says there is a ...Read More

PHOTO: The 25th Indiana Youth Survey found an alarming rate of Hoosier students in grades seven to 12 are using e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An annual survey highlighting the risky behaviors of Indiana kids finds electronic cigarettes are becoming a popular item. The 25th Indiana Youth Survey of sixth through 12th graders examines substance use, mental health, gambling and other factors that can have negative conseq ...Read More

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