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    PNS Daily News - July 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a Colorado lawmaker is under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts ending their ban on gay scout leaders; and we report on Republican efforts in Congress to block Planned Parenthood funding: and it was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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PHOTO: A new survey of Internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. According to an AARP Fraud Watch Network report, nearly half of people quizzed about online and wireless safety failed. Photo credit: seeman/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Public wireless networks make updating social media or checking emails convenient when on the go, but a new survey finds many people are engaging in activity that could make them vulnerable to hackers. A new AARP Fraud Watch Network report found that about a quarter of adults u ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report suggests that Iowa should consider changing the permitting process for new wind operations in the state. According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process could be streamlined with a single source of approval, instead of developers needing to go get the OK both locally and from the state. Photo credit: axnjax.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is already among the nation's leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Energy and ...Read More

PHOTO: As Medicare celebrates 50 years of providing health care to millions of Americans, the Michigan Nurses Association is among those calling for an expansion of the program to all U.S. residents, not just those age 65 and older. Photo credit: drummerboy/morguefile.

DETROIT - It's a big birthday today as Medicare turns 50 and advocates say the best way to celebrate the milestone would be to expand the program to all Americans. Medicare provides health care to 55 million people age 65 and older, including nearly two million in Michigan. John Armelagos presiden ...Read More

PHOTO: For many Minnesotans, Medicare and Medicaid are a lifeline when it comes to health care. The two public programs today are celebrating their 50th anniversary. More than one million people statewide rely on Medicaid for their health care and another 800,000 who are covered under Medicare. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a celebration today nationwide as Medicaid turns 50 years old, and in Minnesota it's positive impact on health has never been greater. With the Medicaid expansion allowed under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people enrolled in Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care gr ...Read More

PHOTO: Amid attacks on the organization, Planned Parenthood supporters and volunteers have been working overtime to ensure the St. Louis office remains a welcoming place for the patients it serves. Photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With Republican lawmakers planning to vote as early as this week on a bill to block Planned Parenthood from federal funding, supporters of the organization are speaking out. Natasha Ceballos was a scared teenager when she visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis as a patient, ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan's new Justice Policy Commission is getting to work reviewing sentencing and release policies, and representatives from the mental-health community are among those bringing their expertise to  the table. Photo credit: Meesh/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. - A new commission is investigating criminal justice reform in Michigan, and mental-health workers are among those weighing in on ways to revamp policies that keep nonviolent offenders unnecessarily locked up. Clinical social worker Jennifer Strange, among those on the Criminal Justi ...Read More

PHOTO: Lions should be hunted no more, says the Animal Rights Coalition. The Twin Cities-based ARC wants an end to big-game hunts after the killing of a lion in Africa by a Minnesota big-game hunter. Photo credit: Matt MacGillivray/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Protests are planned today at the office of a Minnesota dentist who has come under fire for hunting down a lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie reportedly spent $50,000 for the big-game hunt, where he killed a lion July 1 after it allegedly had been lured out o ...Read More

PHOTO: Attaining a post-secondary education often is a struggle for former foster youths who have to go it alone without the support of a family. The Ohio Reach program is connecting these young adults to financial aid, mentoring and other supports in their college journey. Photo credit: Mike Cogh/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's getting close to back-to-school time, and one group of college-bound Ohioans is getting a little extra help making higher education a reality. The Ohio Reach program is connecting former foster youth to financial aid, housing, mentoring and other supports in their college jour ...Read More

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