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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 - Maryland

PHOTO: Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group, spoke about caregiving issues and retirement security at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Legislative Briefing Sunday. Photo courtesy of AARP.

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Caregiving and retirement security are two of the big issues for women in Maryland. Hundreds of women attending a legislative briefing Sunday in Rockville learned about how families facing those challenges could be helped. One option the General Assembly is expected to con...Read More

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PHOTO: President Obama spoke about his new proposal to change tax code related to capital gains for the wealthiest Americans during his State of the Union address last night. Photo of 2014 State of the Union address courtesy of the White House/Amanda Lucidon.

WASHINGTON - Income inequality was one of the topics in President Obama's State of the Union address last night. He's proposing a change in tax code so the wealthiest people are not treated differently when it comes to capital gains. Federal tax policy director Chuck Marr, at the Center on Budget a...Read More

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PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

WASHINGTON - The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year compared with 2013, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children under age 6 were the victims in more than half the cases. The rise ...Read More

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PHOTO: Carbon-pollution rules for coal-power plants have been delayed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Photo of a coal-power plant in Arizona by  J.C. Willett/USGS.

WASHINGTON - Rules designed to reduce carbon emissions from coal-power plants are being delayed, with the Environmental Protection Agency saying there may need to be clarifications related to technology, and opponents accusing the agency of buying time to stop congressional Republican leaders from s...Read More

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PHOTO: Maryland won a five-year, $650 million federal grant that is bringing greater flexibility to the state's foster care and child welfare system this year. Photo credit:

BETHESDA, Md. - A federal grant worth $650 million over five years in Maryland will bring greater flexibility to how the state addresses child-welfare issues. The focus in Maryland in recent years has shifted to trying to prevent the problems that lead to children being removed from homes, the very...Read More

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PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Marylanders from MADD. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BALTIMORE - Impaired driving-related crashes took 152 lives in Maryland last year, and the holiday season is considered a dangerous period for the risk of a crash. The Maryland Department of Transportation recently teamed up with Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to u...Read More

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PHOTO: Half of working Marylanders, at least 1 million people, don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. A task force is looking at ways to change that. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BALTIMORE - Half of working Marylanders - at least 1 million people - don't have access to a retirement savings plan through work. The Governor's Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for all Marylanders has kept that fact front and center as it explores options to help people at all wage levels ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BALTIMORE - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations and elected leaders has sent a letter asking that the...Read More

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