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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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Ohio has one of the highest rates of students attending charter and online schools who don't graduate. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's high school graduation time across Ohio, but a new report suggests the state's graduation rate may not be something to celebrate. The 2016 "Building a Grad Nation" report shows the national graduation rate hit a record high of 82.3 in 2014. Lead author Jennifer DePaol ...Read More

The stroke rate is too high in Missouri, but health experts say those numbers can come down if more people get their blood pressure under control. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This is the final day of American Stroke Month, but stroke is an ongoing concern in Missouri, where it's the fourth-leading cause of death. State health experts cite smoking, physical inactivity and obesity as just a few of the health problems Missourians have at higher rate ...Read More

This multi-family housing unit in Cashmere, Wash., was developed by the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing to serve farmworkers' families. (Marty Miller/ORFH)

YAKIMA, Wash. – As grocery stores and farmers markets stock the fresh cherry crop for which Washington is famous, one organization is focused on the people who pick those cherries – and their need for safe living conditions. The Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH) in Yakima h ...Read More

A new report calls for restricting the use of antibiotics in factory-farmed animals to curb the global spread of infections. (MercyforAnimals/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A new report calls for banning or restricting the use of antibiotics in farm animals to curb the global spread of infections. Cameron Harsh, senior manager for organic and animal policy with the environmental advocacy group Center for Food Safety, explains continuously dosin ...Read More

Starting this week, many vendors at Iowa farmers markets will accept vouchers from seniors and low-income families. (IAFarmersMarkets.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers markets are in full swing starting this week at almost 200 locations across the state. Beginning tomorrow, vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, can be used to shop at farmers markets, as well as ...Read More

New Hampshire ranks sixth in the nation for graduation rates, but a new report says the state could do even better by graduating more students with disabilities. (Eevenson/Wikimedia Commons)

CONCORD, N.H. - As New Hampshire students take pride in earning their high school diplomas, a new report ranks the state in the top 10 for graduation rates. New Hampshire ranks sixth in the U.S. in the new report, Building a Grad Nation. Lead author and senior education adviser Jennifer DePaoli ...Read More

Nuclear Watch New Mexico has sued the operators of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for failing to meet deadlines under a court order to clean up nuclear waste. (Dept. of Energy)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A nuclear energy watchdog group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Energy and a federal contractor for failing to clean up nuclear and toxic waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The suit claims waste stored at a lab site known as "Area G" hasn't been removed des ...Read More

Doctor shortages are just one challenge facing small-town hospitals, and one of the topics at Sen. Jon Tester's Rural Health Summit today in Ennis, Mont. (Machineheadz/iStockphoto)

ENNIS, Mont. - Rural hospitals are the backbone of many small communities and experts say quite a few are in danger of closing if the government cuts reimbursements any further. That's one of the main topics at the Rural Health Summit today in the town of Ennis, southwest of Bozeman. Senator Jon ...Read More

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