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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

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The Altoona Campus Aquatic Park is one of several locations participating in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. (Iowa Department of Public Health)

ALTOONA, Iowa – Swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four. To cap off Drowning Prevention Week, the Iowa Department of Public Health is offering the World's Largest Swimming Lesson today in Altoona, as part of a nationwide program. "They ...Read More

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about ...Read More

AARP's volunteer tax aide program helped more than 87,000 people file their taxes. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Tax aide volunteers helped Oregonians get back nearly $56 million in returns this year. That's according to AARP, which provided volunteers and resources to help more than 87,000 seniors and people with low incomes file their taxes. Bob Bruce, Oregon state coordinator for AARP's tax ...Read More

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has released an assessment of The Oregon Community Foundation, the state's largest charitable foundation. (Kyle Pearson/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's largest source of funding for nonprofit groups has built a strong network statewide, according to a new report. The Oregon Community Foundation, the eighth largest of its kind in the country, distributed $103 million in 2015 to fund charitable causes and scholarships. Lis ...Read More

The Journey of Hope cross-country cycling trek, raising money to help people with disabilities, arrives in Las Vegas today. (The Ability Experience)

LAS VEGAS --- When "frat boys" make the news, it isn't always in a good way. But this week, a team of cyclists from the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is to stop in Las Vegas as part of a cross-country trek to raise money for people with disabilities. Dozens of riders with the Journey of Hope started slig ...Read More

South Dakota is making improvements in children's well-being, but researchers say the state could do better by its low-income families. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S. D. – When it comes to children's well-being, South Dakota is doing better than most other states, but researchers say there's still work to do. The latest national Kids Count Data Book ranks South Dakota 14th in the nation, up four spots from the year before. The numbers show the ...Read More

Wisconsin is a national leader in production of organic vegetables, and the state's heritage of family-owned farms fits perfectly with the growth of organic ag. (UW Extension)

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - In addition to leading the nation in the number of organic dairy and beef farms, Wisconsin is second in total number of organic farms, and ranks first in number of farms raising organic hogs, pigs, layer chickens, and turkeys. The Badger state is also first in organic corn, o ...Read More

Mobile apps for people with asthma are especially helpful for kids and parents, but doctors say they aren't all as accurate as they could be. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A team of doctors has developed the first mobile 'app' designed to help children and teens with asthma that is supported by a peer-reviewed pilot study. That scientific backup is especially important because doctors say not all medical apps deliver what they promise. Dr. Davi ...Read More

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