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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Community Issues and Volunteering

Idaho's 2015 Andrus Award winner, Duane Brown, helps a client of the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program. (AARP Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- Every year for more than a decade, AARP Idaho has honored a community volunteer whose work shines above the rest, and the deadline for the 2016 nominations is one week away -- next Friday, June 3. The Andrus Award isn't named for Idaho's famous former governor, Cecil Andrus, but for ...Read More

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i ...Read More

The red areas indicate the use of herbicides containing glyphosate in New York City parks. (www.RevBilly.com/maps)

NEW YORK - An interactive, online map could tell you if you're living near a public park where an herbicide that may cause cancer is being used. The map is the work of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, a group that calls itself an "anti-consumerist, direct action" organization. It's ma ...Read More

A program organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches offers grants to qualifying churches that offer health and wellness programs to their communities. (Justin/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Growing numbers of North Carolina churches offer their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. And beginning next week, a statewide program allows qualifying churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health related services to their commu ...Read More

Women lawmakers are taking the lead on a bill pending at the State House that would ensure doctor-patient confidentiality when it comes to insurance companies' explanation of benefits. (Scholars Strategy Network)

BOSTON - A legislative effort led by women involves doctor-patient confidentiality. Shauna Shames, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, says it's no surprise women lawmakers are in the lead in sponsoring the Explanation-of-Benefits (EOB) bill that would prevent ...Read More

Barbara Van Dahlen, the national founder of Change Direction, will be at the State House along with Gov. Maggie Hassen and the congressional delegation to launch Change Direction NH. (Change Direction)

CONCORD, N.H. - First Lady Michelle Obama was among the first supporters of a new approach to mental health called Change Direction, and now the Granite State is becoming the first in the nation to launch a statewide effort. Doctor Bill Gunn is director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at the NH ...Read More

Washing your vehicle at home uses more than 100 gallons of water on average. (Virginia Carter)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - How many times have you driven through your neighborhood and noticed people out washing their cars in the driveway? The scene is depicted on television shows and at the movies too, but there's an effort under way to stop that practice. Jane Maginot, urban stormwater educato ...Read More

Nearly 180,000 kids in Iowa don't get the free summer meals that are being provided in many communities. (USDA.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren't getting them. Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education says of more than 200,000 kids in need of the meals, only about 2 ...Read More

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