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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday May 31st, 20160 


    Topping the news today: North Korea apparently tried to launch another missile but failed, The head of the Cincinnati Zoo is standing by the decision to shoot and kill a gorilla, and one state is making an attempt to get healthy food to low income residents.

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Advocates for Minnesota's aging population and health care groups are urging House lawmakers to pass a paid family medical leave bill that has already sailed through the Senate. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just days after rallying at the State Capitol, caregivers continue their push to urge Minnesota lawmakers to approve paid family medical leave. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a bill to do just that, so caregivers say they're now focusing on House lawmakers as the ...Read More

Mainers gave feedback in Millinocket and at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday about the proposed North Woods National Monument (Mark Picard)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the National Park Service was in Maine on Monday to gather public input on the proposed North Woods National Monument. One of those advocating for the National Monument designation is Matt Polstein, who owns the New England Outdoor Center. He says earlier proposa ...Read More

State health experts have launched a new campaign aimed at curbing the growing number of heroin and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths in North Dakota. (iStockphoto)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Health experts host a community meeting today in Grand Forks to talk about the growing problems of prescription drug and heroin abuse in North Dakota. The meeting is part of the state Department of Human Services' newly-launched "Stop Overdose" campaign. According to the Cent ...Read More

Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are for the most part receiving the same access to care as their non-native counterparts, according to new data. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are largely faring as well as their non-native counterparts, according to a new report. But the data in the latest South Dakota Kids Count issue brief show there's room for improvement. Lisa Sanderson, associate director ...Read More

Gov. Dayton is expected to sign a bill into law this week to ensure family caregivers get more training when patients are discharged from the hospital. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Family caregivers in Minnesota are poised to get some extra help now that the State Legislature passed a bill known as the CARE Act. The bill is heading to Gov. Dayton's desk. If he signs it, the new law will require hospitals to provide more training to in-home caregivers once a ...Read More

Some health-care advocates say Illinois' new overtime pay ban for home-care workers already is reducing services for people with disabilities. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois advocates for in-home health-care workers and their clients say the state's new overtime pay ban already may be harming the people who rely on those services. Gov. Bruce Rauner's change to not allow overtime hours at time-and-a-half pay for home health-care workers went ...Read More

A coalition of groups has launched a petition asking President Obama to make public lands more welcoming to minority groups. (Latino Outdoors)

LOS ANGELES - As the National Park Service turns 100 this summer, a broad coalition of conservation, civil rights, environmental justice and faith-based groups is pressing the White House to make public lands more welcoming to people of color. The group has launched a petition on Change.Org asking ...Read More

When it comes to the cost of child care and employment opportunities, a new analysis shows South Dakota ranks in the middle of the pack. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – With Mother's Day just around the corner, new research shows working moms in South Dakota may be having a tougher time than those in about half the country. Out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., South Dakota ranked 25th on Wallethub's "Best and Worst States for Working Mo ...Read More

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