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    PNS Weekend Update - September 5, 20150 

    Among the stories we’re featuring: same-sex couples finally marry in a Kentucky county; a link between military service and equality; and if life seems like a constant headache, you may want to take a look at where you live.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

A state investigation found Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania does not donate, buy or sell fetal tissue. Credit: Planned Parenthood.

YORK, Pa. – As abortion opponents threaten federal and state funding cuts, supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied at the organization's York Medical Center Thursday morning. The release of a video by an anti-abortion group, which allegedly shows Planned Parenthood officials at an unnamed lo ...Read More

Home-care workers in Washington state can receive extra training through an apprenticeship program that prepares them to provide support for people with a variety of medical challenges. Credit: Chris Thomas

SEATTLE – On Friday, 90 home-care aides graduate from advanced caregiver training in Seattle – and it's a big milestone. The workers, who hail from around the state, have spent 145 hours over the last year learning how to manage care for people who in past decades might have been instit ...Read More

36,000 families on the Florida Healthy Kids' full-pay program face a big increase in costs and benefits starting October 1st. Credit: pamelamoore/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In just a few weeks, 36,000 Florida families will see their health insurance rates go way up – for some it may be close to double – if they're part of the Florida Healthy Kids’ full-pay program. That's because the program is required by the Affordable Ca ...Read More

Keeping your back-to-school child healthy involves lots of physical activity, careful meal planning and setting a good example as an adult. Credit: Tomml/

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - One of the most important factors in keeping a child healthy is making sure he or she is getting plenty of exercise, according to a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Denise Dunlap recommended at least a full hour of moderate-intensity physical activity every da ...Read More

An initiative aimed at low-income students plans to help them gain job skills and a living wage after high school graduation. Credit: idealistock.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - For more than a fourth of Minnesota high school seniors, this will be their last year of formal schooling, and new efforts in parts of the state aim to ensure that those entering the workforce upon graduation will be ready. Tanya Paley, director of strategic operations for the Uni ...Read More

A program that's had success in reducing the number of low-birthweight babies and increasing access to care could be impacted by state-led Medicaid reform. Credit: GaborfromHungary/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Of the babies born every year in North Carolina, the prenatal care and delivery of more than half of them are covered by Medicaid. It's not always easy for pregnant moms to navigate the Medicaid coverage system, and for more than four years, Community Care of North Carolina has been ...Read More

The shame and stigma of addiction can stop people from seeking the help they need. Credit: andronicusmax/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS - Slightly more than a year since Indiana reduced penalties for drug offenses, a new approach is under way to remove addiction's grip on Indiana. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence announced the Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, a group that state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-I ...Read More

A neighbor, friend or relative may be among the one in seven Illinoisans at risk for hunger. Credit: DTL/Morguefile.

GENEVA, Ill. – Hunger may be invisible, but it has a face. A neighbor, colleague or even a relative may be among the one in seven Illinoisans at risk for hunger. September is Hunger Action Month in Illinois and around the nation, and Illinoisans are being encouraged to fight hunger in their c ...Read More

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