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    PNS Daily News - April 1, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; Arkansas following on the heels of Indiana with a religious freedom law; Florida’s governor says he deserves the credit for job creation; mountain goats making the case for climate change; and plenty of folks stepping-up for National Walking Day.

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PHOTO: April is Autism Awareness Month. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is a co-sponsor of a bill in the Senate that would help to reduce the risk of injury and death related to the wandering of individuals with autism. Photo credit xpistwv/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly half of children on the autism spectrum are believed to engage in wandering, a behavior that can end in tragedy. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is a co-sponsor of a bill known as Avonte's Law that would provide funding for police departments to purchase equipment that can hel ...Read More

PHOTO: Today is National Walking Day, and in Minnesota it's also the start of the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. Photo credit: Elizabeth/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across Minnesota today, children and adults will be taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. This is National Walking Day from the American Heart Association. State Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, said it's also the kickoff of Minnesota's 30 Days of Biking Challenge, encouraging ...Read More

IMAGE: Today is National Walking Day, as kids and adults across North Dakota are being encouraged to starting taking some steps toward better health. Image credit: American Heart Association.

BISMARCK, N.D. - All across North Dakota today, residents young and old are being urged to grab their sneakers, lace them up and get moving toward a healthier and longer life. This is National Walking Day from the American Heart Association. Sanford Health cardiologist Dr. Richard Howard said a hab ...Read More

PHOTO: It's the first day of Autism Awareness Month, and efforts are also under way to build support for "Avonte’s La," a bill in the Senate that would help reduce the risk of injury and death related to wandering. Photo credit: Joseph B./Flickr Creative Commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nearly half of children on the autism spectrum are believed to engage in wandering, a behavior that can end in tragedy. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill known as Avonte's Law that would provide funding for police departments to purchase equipment that can help locate people wi ...Read More

PHOTO: According to a recent survey, 85 percent of Wisconsinites actively support recycling. All four of the state's professional recycling organizations have come out strongly against proposed cuts to the state's recycling programs, saying the cuts would move the state backward. Photo credit: co.saint-croix.wi.us

WAUSAU, Wis. - All four of the state's professional recycling organizations have come out strongly against proposed cuts of more than $4 million in financial assistance to local governments in the state's budget. Supporters of the cuts say local governments can pick up the slack and that the cuts a ...Read More

PHOTO: While many Michiganders have gone back to work in recent months, a new report finds the economic recovery is not reaching all demographics in the state. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - While there are signs Michigan's job market is improving, a new report finds unemployment among African-Americans remains at crisis levels. The state's overall jobless rate fell below six percent last month, and is now at its lowest point in 14 years. But according to the Economic ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois is among 10 states sharing a $200 million award from the United States Department of Agriculture for skills training programs to help food-assistance recipients find stable, local jobs. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois will be expanding efforts to connect low-income job seekers to resources that can help them secure employment. The state is receiving nearly $22 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test an employment-and-training program. USDA Food and ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say deaf individuals in Michigan are not accessing needed care because interpreters are typically not trained in mental health and social workers are unfamiliar with deaf culture. Photo credit: Bert Heymans/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. – There are an estimated 1 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing in Michigan, and experts say many are not adequately accessing needed care. Kathleen Mitchell is a deaf mental health specialist and a member of National Association of Social Workers-Michigan. She's amo ...Read More

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