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    PNS Daily News - March 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue their budget battle; Missouri is honoring Vietnam veterans today; and a new study shows parents should think twice before physically punishing their child.

Public News Service - Arizona

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, highlighting health effects beyond the heart and lungs. Photo credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PHOENIX - People in Arizona and around the U.S. are being reminded of the health risks of smoking and also myths about e-cigarettes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. CDC Senior Medical Officer Dr. Tim McAfee says vaping, the use of e-cigare...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Eating healthy foods and being active is the message for Arizonans and all Americans during National Nutrition Month in March. Photo courtesy of

PHOENIX - Arizonans are encouraged to "bite into a healthy lifestyle" during a national campaign that is encouraging people to make healthier food choices and be more active. "We're not saying go low calorie," said Wesley Delbridge, a registered dietitian and spokesman for the nonprofit Arizona Aca...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Abandoning horses and some other animals would no longer be a crime in Arizona if Gov. Doug Ducey signs a bill that has passed the House and Senate. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

PHOENIX - Animal-rights advocates are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a bill that reduces, and in some cases eliminates, criminal penalties for acts of animal-cruelty involving livestock. The action follows approval of House Bill 2150 in the House and Senate. Martha German, is president of Ariz...Read More

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PHOTO: People in Arizona and around the country can avoid tax penalties for not having health insurance by getting coverage during a special enrollment period now underway. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

PHOENIX - A special enrollment period is underway that can help people in Arizona and around the U.S. avoid fines for not having health insurance. Annette Raveneau, with the nonprofit organization Enroll America in Arizona, helps enroll people in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care A...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Health care spending is at an all-time high in the U.S., but a new report in the Journal of American Medicine finds access to quality health care for young men of color so disproportionately poor they stand a better chance of living longer in prison than in society. Photo credit: State of California Office of Public and Employee Communications.

PHOENIX - Arizona has plenty of major hospitals that offer the latest in technology, but a new report says too many young black men are disconnected from care and, as a result, are likely to live shorter lives. Report co-author Dr. Stephen Martin, EdM, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Co...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

GRAPHIC: Opponents say a bill moving through the Arizona Legislature could result in consumers paying the equivalent of a 218 percent interest rate on a loan. Graphic credit: The White House.

PHOENIX - The Arizona State Senate is considering a bill, already approved by the House, which opponents say could allow payday lenders to issue loans with costs equaling an annual interest rate of more than 200 percent. Cynthia Zwick, executive director with the Arizona Community Action Associati...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: With more than two million accidental poisonings in the United States each year, families are being urged this week to make sure any dangerous medications or household products are kept locked up or out of reach. Photo credit: U.S. Sen, Mark Kirk.

PHOENIX - In Arizona and around the U.S., it's National Poison Prevention Week. Dr. Keith Boesen, director with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, says the focus is on taking some simple steps around the home to help reduce the chances of accidental poisoning. He says potentially danger...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: B is the grade Arizona gets for its efforts to be transparent in matters of state spending, according to a news report. Photo credit: Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan

PHOENIX - Arizona's state government gets a B grade in an annual report that measures government transparency through reporting information on public websites. The Follow the Money Report considers efforts made by the state to release information about government spending on the website openbooks.a...Read More

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