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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

PHOTO: Health Care For All's 1996 victory march after state lawmakers passed legislation creating MassHealth and expanded coverage for kids. The group's 30th anniversary will be celebrated tonight in Boston. Photo courtesy of Health Care for All.

BOSTON - While Tax Day has many Americans thinking about the new check-off box on income-tax forms that tracks whether they have health insurance, the focus in Massachusetts has shifted to the quality and affordability of that coverage. State efforts that date back to 2006 have ensured that very fe ...Read More

PHOTO: The ADA Legacy Tour travels to 48 states over the next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo courtesy of ADA Legacy Tour.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on a disability. On Wednesday the ADA Legacy Tour is due to make a stop in Nashville. The tour includes information on how the la ...Read More

PHOTO: Healthy workers are happier and more productive, and a new set of recommendations from the American Heart Association gives companies in North Dakota guidelines on how to best design and measure workplace wellness plans. Photo credit: Reyner Media/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As the number of North Dakota businesses with workplace wellness plans continues to grow, a new set of recommendations has been released aimed at fulfilling the true potential of such programs. The guidelines from the American Heart Association address gaps in common standards on t ...Read More

PHOTO: Poet Kane Smego is coming to Charleston this week to address a conference of Social Workers. He says says he'll talk about a central part of his work - teaching young people how to use spoken word performances to better understand themselves and others. Photo courtesy of Smego.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Poetry is a tool that can help young people break out of isolation, according to the keynote speaker at a conference of social workers this week. Spoken word artist Kane Smego plans to talk to folks about how it works Wednesday morning during the annual spring conference ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs House Bill 8, legislation that extends civil protection orders to dating partners, but doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1. Photo by Lisa Gabbard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It took those who advocate for domestic-violence victims seven years to convince Kentucky lawmakers to extend protections to dating partners. When the legislation finally made it out of the General Assembly, 137 of the 138 lawmakers voted for the bill. The legislation, House Bill 8 ...Read More

PHOTO: The Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Phoenicia, New York, will be the site of the first Mindfulness for Leadership Excellence program in the U.S., addressing digital overload. Photo courtesy of Menla Mountain Retreat Center.

PHOENICIA, N.Y. - The benefits of putting down the wireless devices are increasingly touted as good for physical and mental health, but it's sometimes difficult to unplug, especially for managers and executives. There's help in the form of the first-ever Digital Detox retreat for executives in th ...Read More

PHOTO: The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding consumers about the importance of protection from mosquitoes, particularly when traveling in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Photo credit: Filiford/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As thousands of Tennesseans return from their spring-break beach vacations or plan a summer trip, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding travelers about the importance of protection from mosquitoes. Of particular concern, said state entomologist Abelardo Moncayo, are tho ...Read More

PHOTO: According to a new Gallup survey, North Dakota has the lowest rate of food insecurity in the nation, with 9.3 percent of respondents in the state reporting difficulty over the last year putting food on the table. Photo credit: Jake Stimpson/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - While a new survey finds North Dakota has the lowest rate in the nation of people struggling with hunger, there are still many North Dakotans who have a hard time putting food on the table. A Gallup poll found just over nine percent of North Dakota respondents said there were times ...Read More

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