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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

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Older baby boomers may be more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups, according to a new report. Credit: gleangenie/morguefile.com

DETROIT - As the Baby Boom generation continues its march toward senior status, experts say particular economic and health factors make them more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups. According to the latest Feeding America report, 13 million adults age 50 and older now receive some sort of c ...Read More

HealthEast security officer Kyle McGinn and his co-workers want the hospital chain to boost security staffing. Credit: AFSCME Council 5.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Security officers at the HealthEast hospital chain say short staffing levels are putting everyone there at risk. Kyle McGinn, who works at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, said there have been more than 30 violent assaults at that HealthEast facility in the last year - many from pati ...Read More

U.S. taxpayers have lost an estimated $380 million since 2006 because of flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites on federal lands. Credit: sakakawea7.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's U.S. senators are being urged to support efforts to have the federal government take action to end the waste of natural gas at drilling sites on public lands and the loss of the associated revenue. An ad campaign launched this week in North Dakota and several other s ...Read More

The State Fair begins today with classics like the giant slide, along with new offerings like the Minnesota Department of Health's newborn screening booth. Credit: Lynn B/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and this year's run will include plenty of new offerings, including a booth focused on making sure babies in the state are getting off to a healthy start. For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Health's Newborn Screening Progr ...Read More

One-in-four Ohio teens admit to binge drinking; health leaders say SBIRT can help. Credit: incase/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One-in-four Ohio high school students admit to binge drinking, according to the Office of Adolescent Health, and a new strategy debuting in some Ohio schools is opening the door to conversations about drugs and alcohol with students. The SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Re ...Read More

Cuts to Illinois' Child Care Assistance Program are leaving some working families struggling to afford child care. Credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says difficult decisions have to be made to manage the $4 billion budget. The governor filed an "emergency rule," narrowing eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program, a change that Emily Miller, director of policy and advocacy for Voice ...Read More

Clean-government advocates are protesting a bill circulating at the state Capitol. Credit: Anita Burgemeister, Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Late last week, a state Assembly committee advanced a bill that would prevent prosecutors from investigating politicians using a John Doe probe. The legislation could be taken up by the full Legislature this fall. Opponents of the bill, including Jay Heck, executive director of Comm ...Read More

SNAP recipients must now have an in-person assessment to determine eligibility for the program. Credit: BPSUSF/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – About 50,000 Hoosiers could lose food assistance in the next few months if they do not meet work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A federal waiver that allowed adults without dependents to forgo work requirements during the recession is exp ...Read More

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