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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 

    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

Public News Service - Midwest

PHOTO: Farm to school programs in Illinois and around the country are bringing fresh, locally grown food to children while putting more money in the pockets of farmers. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

CHICAGO – School cafeterias around Illinois are using more locally-sourced fruits and vegetables, while teaching children about the benefits of healthy eating. The Chicago Public Schools system is among a number of districts in the state incorporating food from school gardens and local farms ...Read More

PHOTO: This summer an Indiana General Assembly interim study committee will examine policies regarding smoking bans, and other tobacco-related matters impacting Hoosiers' health. Photo credit: Pedro J. Perez/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's public smoking ban has been on the books for three years, and this summer legislators will explore the law's benefits to determine whether it can be expanded. When the law was passed, it exempted certain bars, taverns, private clubs and casinos. Brianna Herndon, India ...Read More

PHOTO: Lawn mowers and children don't mix. That's the message from doctors, who are seeing a rise in the number of mower-related injuries to kids this year. Photo credit: Kroesseel/Morguefile.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Broken bones, amputations, and permanent disabilities are among the preventable injuries to children doctors say are on the rise – due to a dangerous mix of kids and lawn mowers. Dr. Dale Jarka, pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Children's Mercy Hospital, says the hos ...Read More

PHOTO: It's estimated more than two million Ohioans live in areas known as food deserts, with few grocery stories and minimal fresh and affordable food options. Photo credit: James Seeman/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fast food restaurants, gas stations and corner drug stores are all convenient places to grab a quick bite to eat, but for many Ohioans, it's the only nearby food source. According to the Center for Health Affairs, more than two million Ohioans live in areas under-served by gr ...Read More

PHOTO: The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute wants more farmers to be aware of the Transition Incentives Program (TIP). Millions of TIP dollars are available to connect retiring farmers with beginners who need land to produce crops. Photo courtesy Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

EAST TROY, Wis. – Millions of dollars are being made available through the Transition Incentive Program (TIP) to connect retiring farmers with new farmers. The program is intended to help solve a persistent problem among new farmers seeking access to available farmland. David Andrews, executi ...Read More

GRAPH: With most workers in Minnesota and across the U.S. now in charge of their own retirement with IRAs and 401(k)s, the Department of Labor has proposed that all brokers and financial advisers who provide retirement advice should be subject to a fiduciary duty. Graph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The way retirement is funded for most Minnesotans has changed dramatically over the past few decades and with workers taking on more of the liability and risk, efforts are underway to better protect their savings. Public comments are now being taken on a proposal from the U ...Read More

PHOTO: As Missouri veterans try to find jobs in a challenging economy, many will have to do so without the benefit of food assistance in the coming year, due to changes in state legislation. Photo credit: Duboix/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This weekend, many will feast on summer delights and give thanks to those who have fought for our nation. But those who work to combat hunger say there is not much to celebrate in upcoming changes to safety net programs that serve many veterans and other Missourians. The leg ...Read More

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

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