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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 


    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

PHOTO: Sparklers and other novelty fireworks are legal in Ohio, but the State Fire Marshal's office warns Ohioans to use caution when using them. Thousand of people are treated each year across the country for fireworks-related injuries. Photo credit: Ajay Singh/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It can be fun to make a bang with fireworks when celebrating Independence Day, but the State Fire Marshal's office has a grim reminder for Ohioans. Not only are most fireworks illegal in Ohio, they're also quite dangerous, according to Chief Josh Hobbs, head of the Fire and E ...Read More

PHOTO: Women's health organizations are mobilizing after the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a new Texas law that would leave the state with fewer than 10 clinics providing abortion services. Photo credit: Night Owl/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Women's health advocates in Texas are breathing a collective sigh of relief, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to delay a new law that would have closed all but nine of the clinics in Texas that perform abortion services. House Bill 2, passed in 2013, forces clini ...Read More

PHOTO: A new law in Washington state will require nursing homes to have enough staff on duty to give each resident 3.2 hours of direct care daily, starting in July 2016. Photo courtesy University of South Florida.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed what is known as "safe staffing" legislation for nursing homes. The bill was proposed after persistent concerns that at too many facilities, too few caregivers are on hand to meet the needs of residents, and that both groups' safety is at risk as a result ...Read More

PHOTO: A new South Dakota state law says drivers must give bicyclists a safety buffer of three to six feet, depending on the speed limit on the road. Photo credit: Jerry Oster, Greater Dakota News Service.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new law goes into effect today in South Dakota that should make it easier for people to get out and about on their bicycles. Michael Christensen, an advocacy committee volunteer with the American Heart Association, says the law should make it easier for bikers to use public st ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the American Lung Association finds alternative tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are becoming more popular among Ohio youth. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Reducing youth tobacco use in Ohio is becoming increasingly difficult, as kids and teens are branching out to such alternative products as electronic cigarettes. A new report from the American Lung Association in Ohio has found reduced teen smoking rates are being quickly offset as ...Read More

Photo: Knowing CPR could determine whether someone lives or dies after cardiac arrest. Photo credit: cpr.org

OAK CREEK, Wis. – Now that summer is officially here with all the outdoor activities that go along with it, knowing CPR and not being afraid to help someone in distress are vital skills. Lt. Scott Kasten, a paramedic with the Oak Creek Fire Department, says everyone should know CPR. "It can ...Read More

PHOTO: You can still check out books at Minnesota libraries such as Thorson Memorial in Elbow Lake, but there's much more than happening these days at these community cornerstones. Photo courtesy Thorson Memorial Library.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a new chapter for many Minnesota libraries, with a transition in these changing times to becoming a cornerstone for communities beyond just the offering of books. At Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake, one focus over the past few years has been on programming that ...Read More

PHOTO: People across North Dakota are being urged to use caution when celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks to avoid becoming among the thousands injured nationwide each year. Photo credit: Jeff Meyer/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, those North Dakotans who will be celebrating America's independence with fireworks are being reminded of the dangers to people and property. State Fire Marshal Raymond Lambert says while fireworks can be a fun way to mark the holiday, th ...Read More

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