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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public News Service - Midwest

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Families have plenty of things to do and see across the state of Iowa as summer arrives without breaking the bank. Tourism is an $8 billion industry, said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager at Travel Iowa, and this year's numbers are expected to surpass last year's b ...Read More

Experts say children and adults alike should know the basics of swimming. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Whether it's in Lake Michigan or at a neighborhood pool, summer means swim time for folks around the state. But no matter their level of swimming experience, all people need to use caution around water, safety experts say. Dr. Brad Uren, an emergency physician with the Uni ...Read More

Too many people drown every summer in Missouri lakes and rivers. Health officials are urging caution with the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend. (moparks.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Boating season is about to kick into high gear on waterways around the state, and officials are urging Missouri swimmers and boating enthusiasts to take the proper precautions to stay safe. Nearly 30 people in the state died of accidental drowning or submersion in 2014. Serge ...Read More

The economic value of family caregivers in Iowa approaches $4 billion. The CARE Act would provide education and support for caregivers when a family member is hospitalized. (AARP.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - About 317,000 Iowans are family caregivers looking after loved ones at home who can't care for themselves. According to AARP, the trend continues to grow as the lengths of stays in hospitals continue to decrease. Elaine Ryan, AARP vice president for state advocacy and strategy in ...Read More

There is a growing trend in Wisconsin toward more women as sole proprietors or primary operators of livestock farms. (Jessica Arp)

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The role of women on the farm is a huge part of the history of agriculture in Wisconsin, and a June 3 workshop on a woman-owned farm in Blanchardville will feature several women who run their own operations. Robert Bauer, a grazing broker for the Southwest Badger Resource Conser ...Read More

The National Education Association sent teachers from across the country to Washington, D.C., to ask senators to hold a hearing on President Obama's nomination for the U.S Supreme Court. (Patrick Chambers)

INDIANAPOLIS - In classrooms across the country, students learn about the role citizens play in democracy. And in about a dozen classrooms, they're hearing firsthand from their teachers, who got to go to Washington, D.C. They were selected for the trip by the National Education Association (NEA), ...Read More

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude ...Read More

Invading species are picked up in one port by freighters, cruise and cargo ships and then the ballast water is dumped into another port. (usbr.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Great Lakes aren't normally a huge part of the nation's military footprint but there's a lot at stake for them in the defense spending bill under discussion in Congress. Last week the House voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, and one of the provisions in it r ...Read More

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