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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 window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Photo Credit: USDA

BOSTON - A big window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students. Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last ...Read More

PHOTO: As heroin overdose deaths skyrocket in New York and across the country, one Long Island community is training public safety officers to save lives. Photo credit: earl53/

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – As the number of people dying from heroin overdose skyrockets, a town on Long Island is fighting back by training public safety officers to use a life-saving tool. The town of Hempstead is joining forces with South Nassau Communities Hospital to develop a program to train 3 ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on hunger in the Philadelphia area finds that emergency food providers are challenged to keep up with the growing demand. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

PHILADELPHIA - Over the past year in Philadelphia one in four people faced times when he or she did not know where to find a next meal. Tom Mahon, communications manager with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says that's one of the findings from the organization's survey of the re ...Read More

PHOTO: Medicaid turns 50 this week, and a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows when children are covered by Medicaid, it brings them benefits for life. Photo credit: Republica/Pixabay.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Medicaid turns 50 this week, and according to data compiled in a new report, children covered by Medicaid often enjoy lasting health and well-being benefits. Roughly half of Maryland residents receiving Medicaid are children, and the report found kids covered by Medicaid were ...Read More

PHOTO: The planned revitalization of New York City's LaGuardia Airport is expected to bring thousands of new jobs to the region. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NEW YORK – Promising vastly improved infrastructure and thousands of new jobs, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced an ambitious plan on Monday which they say will revitalize New York City's LaGuardia Airport. Since LaGuardia was built in 1939, it has become somewhat l ...Read More

GRAPHIC: As Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, many are praising its impact on Pennsylvania children and families. Research from several studies indicates that kids who receive Medicaid benefits have better health, and do better in school and employment throughout their lives. Graphic courtesy Center on Budget Policies and Priorities.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children in Pennsylvania and around the nation is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Nearly half of Pennsylvania's children receive services though the healthcare program, created pri ...Read More

PHOTO: CIDNY's Susan Dooha of the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York received a proclamation at New York's City Hall on Thursday in honor of her group's efforts to help New Yorkers at the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo courtesy Center for Independence of the Disabled New York.

NEW YORK - Big strides forward. That's the big picture as New Yorkers celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but there are still major hurdles in the way. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, said the ADA produce ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmentalists say current cleanup efforts will only remove 65 percent of toxic PCB contamination from the Hudson River. It has been there since the 1970s. Photo credit: Abigail Jones.

NEW YORK - Candle flames flickered along the shores of the Hudson River on Thursday night as New Yorkers from Manhattan to Schuylerville 200 miles north joined in a vigil calling for a thorough cleanup of toxic PCB contamination. General Electric, which dumped millions of pounds of industrial chemi ...Read More

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