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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Maryland

PHOTO: The asthma rate for children in Baltimore is more than twice the national average. That's one reason cited as two groups announce they will take Gov. Larry Hogan to court over his decision to block clean-air regulations. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BALTIMORE – A first-day-in-office move for Gov. Larry Hogan is headed to court, with the Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility having filed an intent to sue. The governor blocked a rule to require installation of pollution controls at coal-fired power plants. Davi...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: "What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Marylanders are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families in order to prevent abuse and neglect. Photo credit: cherylholt/pixabay.com

BALTIMORE - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Marylanders are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots." Ben Tan...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Legislation that would create so-called "community solar,"to benefit people without access to a rooftop, is expected to be on the Governor's desk soon. Photo credit: ankiewolff/pixabay.com

BALTIMORE - Marylanders could soon reach for solar beyond the rooftop. The Senate approved legislation (HB 1087) and SB 398)over the weekend that would establish a three-year, pilot community solar program. Jessica Ennis, legislative representative at Earthjustice, explains solar is out of reach ...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: Hilton Worldwide says it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. Photo credit: gellinger/Pixabay.com.

BALTIMORE - Hilton Worldwide, one of the largest resort and hotel chains in the world, has announced it will eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. This is a major victory for animal welfare, said Josh Balk, senior food p...Read More

Public News Service - MD

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: geralt/pixabay.com

BALTIMORE - Colon cancer, vision problems and myths about vaping - using e-cigarettes - are featured in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. Smoking-related health damages beyond the heart and lungs are not well known although scientifically proven,...Read More

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PHOTO: More than 800,000 students in schools across Maryland are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. While not just for students, the Hear the Maryland Crunch Initiative is intended to promote school breakfast. Photo credit: Sipa/Pixabay.com.

BALTIMORE - More than 800,000 students in school districts across Maryland, along with Catholic schools in Baltimore, are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. The Hear the Maryland Crunch initiative promotes school breakfast, along with the message that every c...Read More

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PHOTO: Resiliency is considered a protective factor for kids in the world of preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as an important skill in healing from abuse. An expert says the skill can be taught. Photo credit: cat6719/pixabay.com

BALTIMORE - Being resilient helps protect families during times of stress, and helps with healing when there has been abuse or neglect. Resilience is a child-abuse prevention strategy being employed in Maryland, and Pat Stanislaski, director at Partnering for Prevention, says research shows some peo...Read More

Public News Service - MD

PHOTO: A local brewing company has released a beer to salute Chesapeake Bay. Full Tilt Brewing's The Bay IPA also helps raise money for restoration projects. Photo credit: Ben Schumin/Wikimedia Commons

BALTIMORE - It's a win for a local company and a win for Chesapeake Bay. A Baltimore-based brewing company has created "The Bay IPA" - a beer that salutes the bay with label art, and a portion of sales proceeds will go to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for restoration projects. Full Tilt Brewing co-owner...Read More

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