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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 

    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

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A new report says transgender people are targeted and mistreated in the U.S. justice system. (

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Transgenders end up behind bars at a much higher rate than others, and once there they are subjected to harassment, abuse and violence. That's according to a study by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress. Policy and Research director Naomi Goldberg...Read More

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A new report says infants and young children are at greatest risk for respiratory illnesses as a result of fracking. (Veronica Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Children and infants are especially at risk for health problems attributable to fracking, according to a new study by the Center for Environmental Health. The report's lead author, Ellen Webb, healthy-energy sciences and advocacy manager for the center, said it's the first comprehe...Read More

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Parents are being urged to have kids spend more time interacting face-to-face with others, rather than spending so much time in front of a screen. (Shandy Dittman)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Smartphones and tablets make communicating easy in some ways - and yet, experts warn there may be consequences for youngsters. A new poll from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association found the biggest concern of speech pathologists is that excessive technology use is repl...Read More

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Moms are fighting for clean air for children across the country. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Commission on Climate Change will be meeting twice this week to discuss an update being made to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The idea is to set climate pollution limits on fossil fuel power plants through 2030. Environmental groups, community lead...Read More

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Parents are urged to buy water-quality test kits before letting kids play in public pools and water parks. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - Healthy and Safe Swimming Week begins Monday, and in a new report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nationwide testing shows most public swimming areas had at least one violation, and one in eight had to be closed immediately. Dr. Michael Beach, the agency's associate...Read More

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Two bills signed into law this month in Maryland are geared toward helping people after they retired. (Brenda Massei)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – AARP in Maryland is celebrating legislative wins for Marylanders and their families after Gov. Larry Hogan signed two bills into law this month that will affect retirement savings and support for family caregivers. What's called the Care Act requires hospitals to ask patient...Read More

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Nine of 10 Hispanic adults in Prince George's County don't have health insurance. (La Clinica del Pueblo)

HYATTSVILLE, Md. - Maryland's Hispanic community has grown to about 10 percent of the total population, and many don't have health insurance. A collaborative effort is under way in Maryland to provide health care to those who can't afford it. The focus is on Prince George's County, which has the ...Read More

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Honeybee colonies in the United States declined dramatically last year, and advocates say that's not sustainable for agriculture in the U.S. (USDA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. beekeepers have reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to an annual report just out. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth, says that's too high to be sustainable for agriculture in this country. She...Read More

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