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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Connecticut

PHOTO: A new national report says Connecticut's smoking-prevention efforts lag behind many states, ranking it 29th in the nation for the amount spent on prevention and cessation programs. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Connecticut ranked 29th in the nation. John Schachter, director of communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says Connecticut will take in more than a half-billion dollars ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Consumer advocates suggest if you want to get the most bang for your buck with your charitable donations in 2015, you should first do some homework. Credit: M. Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - Now that 2015 has arrived, some people are making decisions about how to get the most bang for their buck with their charitable contributions in the new year. Local advocates suggest you do some research before you donate. Jackie MacKnight, director of community relations for th...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: While Connecticut drivers are paying less at the pump, local environmental advocates warn there could be greater long-term costs from increased air pollution - and even more potholes on the roads. Photo credit: M. Clifford.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Low gas prices are likely to give the economy a boost by giving drivers in New England some extra money in their pockets, but there is a flip side to that good news. John Calandrelli, program coordinator with the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter, says more cars on the road means ev...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: The Juvenile Detention Center at Bridgeport. The city has a new Juvenile Review Board which embraces diversion options, recognizing the historically disproportionate number of kids of color who have ended up in detention because they acted out at school. Photo credit: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.

HARTFORD, Conn. – This has been a year of progress for juvenile justice in Connecticut, particularly in dealing with racial disparities when children are arrested at school. Jason Szanyi, a staff attorney with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says his group has worked with four Conn...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: #Giving Tuesday is a day set aside to giving back and NAMI Connecticut is one of 10,000 organizations around the globe that is taking part today. Credit: from

HARTFORD, Conn. - Go ahead and shop to your heart's content on Cyber Monday, but local nonprofits are hoping you will also take a moment to do some giving back tomorrow. Kate Mattias, executive director with NAMI-Connecticut, says her group is one of 10,000 around the globe that will participate in ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy join Small Business Association (SBA) New England Regional Administrator Seth Goodall at ribbon ceremony cutting marking the opening of seven new, local New Haven businesses. Photo courtesy of the SBA.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Black Friday is known as the "official" start of the holiday shopping season, but a newer tradition is picking up steam. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, an event that encourages shoppers to spend their dollars at local stores and restaurants. Frank Alvarado, senior area mana...Read More

Public News Service - CT

Image: The latest data finds 189,000 people are living with diabetes in Connecticut, as the nation recognizes American Diabetes Month. Credt: American Diabetes Association.

HARTFORD, Conn. – November is American Diabetes Month, and 2014 finds a growing number of people in Connecticut living with the disease. Chris Boynton, executive director of the American Diabetes Association of New England, says the latest numbers show 29 million Americans with diabetes, and...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: The Connecticut Association for Human Services provides financial education programs for adults. These efforts can be even more effective in tandem with programs that help kids in lower-income families, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. Photo credit: Barbara Steadman, CAHS

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut will see better outcomes for children and families if it takes a new two-generation approach to fighting poverty, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It may sound like basic common sense, but Jim Horan, executive director of the Connecticut As...Read More

Public News Service - CT

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