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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

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PHOTO: As heroin overdose deaths skyrocket in New York and across the country, one Long Island community is training public safety officers to save lives. Photo credit: earl53/

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – As the number of people dying from heroin overdose skyrockets, a town on Long Island is fighting back by training public safety officers to use a life-saving tool. The town of Hempstead is joining forces with South Nassau Communities Hospital to develop a program to train 3 ...Read More

PHOTO: Amid attacks on the organization, Planned Parenthood supporters and volunteers have been working overtime to ensure the St. Louis office remains a welcoming place for the patients it serves. Photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With Republican lawmakers planning to vote as early as this week on a bill to block Planned Parenthood from federal funding, supporters of the organization are speaking out. Natasha Ceballos was a scared teenager when she visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis as a patient, ...Read More

PHOTO: Local faith leaders gathered Wednesday in support of LGBT activist Sulma Franco, currently living in sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin. They released a letter, with signatures from over 60 clergy, urging U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportation proceedings. Photo credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan's new Justice Policy Commission is getting to work reviewing sentencing and release policies, and representatives from the mental-health community are among those bringing their expertise to  the table. Photo credit: Meesh/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. - A new commission is investigating criminal justice reform in Michigan, and mental-health workers are among those weighing in on ways to revamp policies that keep nonviolent offenders unnecessarily locked up. Clinical social worker Jennifer Strange, among those on the Criminal Justi ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for people in prison are asking President Barack Obama to ban the criminal history box on federal job applications. Photo credit: i_frontier/iStockphoto.

SAN FRANCISCO – Advocates for prisoners incarcerated in California are asking President Barack Obama to take action to ban the question about criminal convictions on applications for federal jobs, and positions with federal contractors. Their calls come after the president's recent comment th ...Read More

PHOTO: Addiction experts say curbing Michigan's heroin epidemic will require multi-systemic solutions, including helping those in recovery become integrated into their community. Photo credit: Partha S. Sahana/Flickr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To combat Michigan's heroin epidemic, Governor Rick Snyder established the state's Prescription Drug and Opiate Abuse Task Force earlier this month. Robert Lathers, CEO of Ionia County Community Mental Health, is a member of the task force, and says individuals suffering ...Read More

PHOTO: New research that compares communities with and without fracking activity indicates some additional health risk for people who live near active well sites, but doesn't pinpoint the possible reasons. Photo credit: Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK – A new study has added weight to health concerns that contributed to last month's official ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas in New York State. The research is from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Dr. Reynold Panettieri, deputy dire ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of a dozen immigrant-rights groups launched a voter-registration drive that will rely on young people to convince Long Islanders in working-class and minority communities to register to vote. Photo credit: Steve McFarland

NEW YORK - A major voter-registration drive kicked off Thursday in Patchogue with the goal of registering 2,500 new voters in working-class, African-American and immigrant communities on Long Island. Fabian Torres, a movement-building organizer for Strong Youth Inc., is among the young people who ...Read More

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