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    PNS Daily News - November 25, 20150 

    Among the stories on today’s nationwide rundown; a night of protests in Chicago following the release of video that shows a police officer fatally shooting a teenager; we’ll tell you why some folks in Michigan say it’s time to take back Thanksgiving; and as many prepare to take the family on the road, a new system is being tested to track wrong way drivers.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

Critics question the low number of charges that have resulted from the thousands of allegations filed with New York's Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs. Credit: Boldizsar Csernak/

NEW YORK - The Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs was created in 2013 to ensure the health and safety of New Yorkers with disabilities. But according to an Associated Press report, of more than 25,000 claims of abuse and neglect the center has received since the start of ...Read More

House Bill 221 in the Ohio Legislature would make all school environments smoke-free. Credit: robertogorge/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, some Ohio health-advocacy groups are hoping legislation to snuff out smoking at schools gains some new traction. All kindergarten-through-12th-grade school campuses, along with school-sponsored events, would become 100 percent smoke-fre ...Read More

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

A new report shows many Coloradans face barriers to health-promoting activities such as walking, cycling, and accessing fresh food where they live, work and play. Credit: Wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto

DENVER - How much money you make and your ethnic background have a big impact on neighborhood infrastructure and your chances for a healthy life, according to a new report by the Urban Land Institute and Colorado Health Foundation. The survey found more than half of the state's residents say they ...Read More

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, a food expert reminds cooks across America to follow common sense safety tips. Credit: USDA

AUSTIN, Texas – On Thanksgiving Day, cooks in homes across the nation are faced with the challenge of setting a table with food that's not just delicious but also safe to eat. And Amy Simonne, a professor with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has a few ...Read More

National Rural Health Day recognizes rural healthcare providers and the patients they serve. Courtesy: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among the top 10 states with adults in excellent or good health, according to a survey by the Iowa Department of Health. In large part, that's the result of Iowa's rural health care system, since 43 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas or small communit ...Read More

One of the biggest challenges for rural medical facilities is recruiting doctors who want the small-town life. Credit: skeeze/

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Today is National Rural Health Day and in Arkansas, "rural" would describe many of the medical practices across the state. It may seem unlikely at first that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is involved with health care in Arkansas, but David Kirchner, USDA community program ...Read More

North Dakota health experts are using National Rural Health Day to spotlight the state's unique challenges. Credit: Grafixar/

BISMARCK, N.D. - Today is National Rural Health Day and for North Dakota's health-care providers it's a chance to put a spotlight on the state's unique challenges. About 40 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas. According to Brad Gibbens, deputy director of the Center for Rural H ...Read More

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