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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 

    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Youth Issues

PHOTO: About 11,000 Idaho grandparents are raising their grandchildren, and according to the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, many are having a tough time stretching food budgets. Photo credit:

BOISE, Idaho – Retirement planning doesn't usually include preparing for the expenses of raising children – but that's the scenario for about 11,000 Idaho grandparents, according to the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force. Figures from the task force indicate 14 percent of those seniors are a ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawn mowers and children don't mix. That's the message from doctors, who are seeing a rise in the number of mower-related injuries to kids this year. Photo credit: Kroesseel/Morguefile.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Broken bones, amputations, and permanent disabilities are among the preventable injuries to children doctors say are on the rise – due to a dangerous mix of kids and lawn mowers. Dr. Dale Jarka, pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Children's Mercy Hospital, says the hos ...Read More

PHOTO: Mentors are needed across the state for ASPIRE, a program that pairs middle school and high school students with mentors to help kids explore and consider college and career options. Photo courtesy of ASPIRE.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon will soon be rethinking the way English-Language Learner (ELL) students are taught – and how funds are spent in support of that mission, after Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law this week to convene an advisory group on the matter. One state-sponsored program is ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the American Lung Association finds alternative tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are becoming more popular among Ohio youth. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Reducing youth tobacco use in Ohio is becoming increasingly difficult, as kids and teens are branching out to such alternative products as electronic cigarettes. A new report from the American Lung Association in Ohio has found reduced teen smoking rates are being quickly offset as ...Read More

PHOTO: With more teens expected to bring home paychecks this summer, financial advisers say it's the perfect opportunity to build financial skills like saving, investing, and budgeting. Photo credit: mconnors/

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Whether it involves retail or restaurants, lifeguarding or lawn care, the summer hiring forecast for teens has improved over recent years, but financial advisers say the next step toward true independence is making sure young people know how to manage their earnings. ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio educators are among those at the National Education Association Representative Assembly this week. Matters on this year's agenda include school funding, standardized testing and Common Core Standards. Photo credit: Ben W/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Common Core standards, standardized testing and school funding are among the top issues in discussion at a meeting of the minds of education leaders this week. Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association, is joining other educators at the National Education Associati ...Read More

PHOTO: An expert forum today at the Commonwealth Club of California tackles the issue of potential health risks to children from cell phones and WiFi radiation. Photo courtesy of Camilla Rees.

SAN FRANCISCO – WiFi radiation that is pulsing in schools above safety limits recommended by independent scientists is just one of the health risks experts will tackle today at the Commonwealth Club, with a particular focus on health risks to children from cell phones and wireless technologies ...Read More

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