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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 

    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Public News Service - Arkansas

A new report says increasing the amount of SNAP benefits people receive by just $30 a month would help them eat healthier. (

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – New research commissioned by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows giving low-income families in Arkansas a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities, such as housing and transportation. Dottie Rose...Read More

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Mobile apps for people with asthma are especially helpful for kids and parents, but doctors say they aren't all as accurate as they could be. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A team of doctors has developed the first mobile 'app' designed to help children and teens with asthma that is supported by a peer-reviewed pilot study. That scientific backup is especially important because doctors say not all medical apps deliver what they promise. Dr. Davi...Read More

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The annual cost to society of anxiety disorders, including PTSD, is estimated to be significantly more than $42 billion. (

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Almost 25 million people in the United States are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the support group PTSD United. That includes thousands of Arkansas residents who have suffered a traumatic event, from crimes or natural disasters to events surrounding mil...Read More

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A grant program is geared toward getting more Arkansas children to eat fresh food. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost $17 million in grants are heading to organizations that help feed the hungry with the goal of getting low-income residents to eat healthier. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been awarded $94,000 for a pilot program to let SNAP recipients double their benefits at far...Read More

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Advocates say a ruling by a federal court will allow broadband to be treated the same way as telephone service. (Virginia Carter)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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An effort is under way to make internet access available to kids in their homes across Arkansas. (Carrie Cain)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A group that's worked for more than two decades to get parents more involved in their children's education says a lot of work needs to be done across the country to beef up communication. Project Appleseed is made up of mostly volunteers who try to get parents, grandparen...Read More

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Arkansas approved Medicaid expansion in 2014 and has seen the number of unisured patients in emergency rooms drop by about 10 percent. (Catherine Hope)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A health care system in Arkansas and Missouri is an example of the difference between states that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not. Lawmakers in Missouri have not approved a comprehensive expansion plan, but Arkansas has. That failure to expand is leaving a big de...Read More

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Nursing students teach proper foot care to patients in homeless shelters in Fayetteville. (Eleanor Mann School of Nursing)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An innovative community nursing program in Fayetteville is being called such a success that it may be expanded to other communities around the state. Nursing students have been holding health fairs for two semesters at the city's homeless shelter, doing blood pressure an...Read More

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