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    PNS Daily News - August 5, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains uncertain as another political showdown looms; and America’s failing roads are costing drivers hundreds of dollars in extra vehicle service and maintenance expense each year; and we report on a major wilderness designation in Idaho.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

PHOTO: The stress of daily life and news can easily dampen anyone's mood, but Indianans are being encouraged to bring more happiness into their lives during Happiness Happens Month in August. Photo credit: Breezy Baldwin.

INDIANAPOLIS – Looking at the brighter side is not always easy when things get you down, but during August Hoosiers and others around the country are being challenged to find ways to incorporate more happiness into their lives. August is Happiness Happens Month, established by the Secret Soci ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Butch Otter has proclaimed this week National Farmers Market Awareness Week in the Gem State. Idaho has dozens of markets around the state, and even mobile food markets in some cities. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho – This week marks National Farmers Market Awareness Week in Idaho, as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter. One goal of the week is to highlight the role markets play in local economies by keeping money in communities and strengthening local food systems. Ariel Agenbroad with Univ ...Read More

PHOTO: Starting this fall, Illinois sixth and 12th grade students are required to receive a vaccination to protect against meningitis, although there are some exceptions. Photo credit: El Alvi/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois families prepare to send their children back to class, state officials say immunizations should be on the back-to-school checklist. For school entrance, students must show proof of vaccinations against several diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis ...Read More

PHOTO: A year after passage of the Compassionate Care Act, five companies have been licensed to sell medical marijuana in New York State. Photo credit: normalityrelief/

NEW YORK – Five companies have been awarded the first licenses to sell medical marijuana in New York state. The licenses, issued on Friday, make New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana use. The Compassionate Care Act, signed into law a year ago, allows each company to open as many ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of low-income women in New Mexico would lose access to cancer screening, wellness visits, contraception and other Planned Parenthood services if congressional Republicans are successful in killing federal funding for the organization. That's according to Cathy Alderman with Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico. Photo credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Efforts in Congress to end funding for Planned Parenthood could end access to cancer screenings, well-women health exams, contraception and other health services for thousands of low-income women in New Mexico. That's according to Cathy Alderman, vice president for public affai ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Senate will vote on whether to defund Planned Parenthood today. The California pro-choice community is making its opposition known. Photo credit wavebreak/iStock.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Senate is set to vote today on whether to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in federal funding. The vote comes in the wake of undercover videos made by a California-based anti-abortion group that show Planned Parenthood representatives discussing the prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Many low-income New Yorkers who experience severe psychological stress say they have been unable to get mental-health treatment. A new $30 million training program will help more people in those communities offer help. Photo credit: geralt/

NEW YORK - Identifying and healing people with mental-health issues in low-income areas is the focus of a new program being launched in New York City. Called "Connections to Care," the program will train workers - such as teachers and job-placement counselors - to recognize symptoms of depression, a ...Read More

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

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