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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.

Public News Service - Maryland

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

Public News Service - MD

GRAPHIC: Heroin use and abuse in the U.S. is rising among most age groups and income levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Image courtesy of the CDC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Heroin use and abuse in the U.S. is rising among most age groups and income levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Usage has risen the fastest, more than doubling, for young adults. The reasons behind the rise are complicated, s...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Journalists are among those who would be covered under a proposal to extend overtime benefits to salaried workers up to about $50,000. Photo credit: Pixabay.com.

WASHINGTON – Working more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay is a fact of life for millions of salaried employees, but it's a fact the U.S. Department of Labor wants to change. First unveiled last week, a proposal to extend overtime benefits to workers making up to about $50,000 a year...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced funding for 15 new greening projects, with seven of them planned for Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Trust.

BALTIMORE - The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced funding for 15 new greening projects, with seven of them planned for Baltimore. The funds come from the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Initiative in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland's Department of Nat...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, SEIU 32BJ vice president and capital area director, says commercial property cleaners have made progress in wages, but too many work part-time. Workers are rallying this week in Bethesda and Baltimore. Photo courtesy of SEIU 32BJ.

BETHESDA, Md. – Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Justice for Janitors campaign, which was focused on fair wages and treatment for commercial building cleaners. It's a campaign that is still underway as cleaners with SEIU 32BJ start new contract negotiations. Workers will rally durin...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Exemptions for the oil and gas industry under the Clean Water Act would end under legislation introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Photo of the Potomac River courtesy of the National Park Service

BALTIMORE - Exemptions for the oil and gas industry under the Clean Water Act would end under legislation introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. The FRESHER Act would require companies to obtain stormwater runoff permits for construction and drilling. Raul Garcia, Earthjustice associate...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: A new study estimates that energy-efficiency upgrades at Maryland affordable-housing apartments would lower customer electricity bills by about 25 percent a year, and gas bills would be about 20 percent lower.

BALTIMORE - Compact fluorescent bulbs, low-flow faucets, double-pane windows and better insulation could yield big results in existing affordable-housing units - $21 billion in energy savings in eight states over the next 20 years, according to a new study. Maryland was included in the study, with ...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: A new report says too many times kids in the child welfare system end up in group homes or in institutions. In Maryland, about 600 kids go to bed each night without the comfort and care of a family, and instead are in group homes or institutions.

BALTIMORE - Give a kid a family and the odds go up the child will thrive in adulthood, The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report Tuesday that makes that case, and tracks where children end up when they have to be removed from their familial homes. In Maryland, about 600 kids go to bed withou...Read More

Public News Service - MD

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