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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

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This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the state Fire Marshal's Office is working with local fire departments to distribute and install smoke detectors and remind people of the importance of changing the batteries in your smoke detector. Credit: kconnors/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the past three years, the state Fire Marshal's Office and its partners have distributed 88,000 smoke detectors that officials say have saved the lives of 106 people. This weekend, the state is challenging 10 local fire departments to install at least 100 smoke alarms within a 2 ...Read More

Almost 90 percent of corn for feeding cattle, pigs and chickens is grown from genetically modified seeds. Credit: Juliacasado1/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A challenge to a Vermont law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms goes before a federal court of appeals this week, and the results could affect Connecticut. Connecticut passed a GMO labeling law in 2013, but it can't go into effect until at l ...Read More

More than 130,000 Coloradans have benefited from the state's decision to accept Medicaid expansion work in industries critical to the state's economy, according to a new study. Credit: Sturti/iStockphoto.

DENVER – The Affordable Care Act has had a big impact on workers who don't get health insurance through their jobs, at least in some states. Since Colorado decided to expand Medicaid coverage last year, almost 68 percent of Coloradans benefiting from the program are workers – according ...Read More

Illinois Fair Trade Campaign members warn the TPP could hurt jobs across the state. Courtesy: IFTC.

CHICAGO – With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a step closer to becoming reality, some advocacy groups say the trade deal could end up hurting some Illinois residents' jobs and health. Twelve countries in all, including the United States, agreed Monday on what's being called the largest r ...Read More

A new national survey shows Wisconsin has the second largest number of organic farms in the country and ranks fifth in the nation in total organic sales of more than 200 million dollars. Credit: UW Extension

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin has for the past several years been one of the national leaders in organic agricultural production, and a recently released survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows the Badger state is home to about 9 percent of the nation's total number of organ ...Read More

Advocates say recording devices can help prevent abuse at nursing homes. Credit: Alvimann/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Family and friends of nursing home residents in Illinois soon will be able to have additional peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are receiving adequate care. A new state law takes effect January 1 that allows residents at nursing homes to install surveillance camera ...Read More

A new Chicago museum exhibit brings a human face to public housing. Credit: NPHM

CHICAGO – A Chicago museum is hoping its latest exhibit will help change hearts and minds when it comes to public housing. Over the weekend, the National Public Housing Museum unveiled its We, Next Door project. Museum Curator Todd Palmer says the museum co-created the project with a group ...Read More

Regular screenings are vital as about one-in-eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Credit: AtnoYdur

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Iowa and the yearly event is among the reasons why the number of survivors continues to grow across the state and nationwide. The death rate from breast cancer in this country has dropped by more than a third over the past 25 years. Roger ...Read More

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