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    PNS Daily News - March 30, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue their budget battle; Missouri is honoring Vietnam veterans today; and a new study shows parents should think twice before physically punishing their child.

Public News Service - Utah

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign which addresses the health risks of smoking and the myths of e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

SALT LAKE CITY - People in Utah and around the U.S. are being reminded of the health risks of smoking and also myths about e-cigarettes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. CDC Senior Medical Officer Dr. Tim McAfee says vaping, the use of e-ciga...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Organizers of the annual online fundraiser "Love Utah Give Utah" are hoping to raise two million dollars today to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Raising $2 million in one day, today, to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools is the goal of "Love Utah Give Utah." Blair Hodson is director of initiatives with the Community Foundation of Utah, which organizes the annual day of online giving at loveUTgiveUT.org. He says the...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Health-care spending is at an all-time high in the United States, but a new report in the Journal of American Medicine finds access to quality health care for young men of color so disproportionately poor they stand a better chance of living longer in prison than in society. Photo credit: Federal Bureau of Prisons.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah has plenty of major hospitals that offer the latest in technology, but a new report says too many young black men are disconnected from care, and as a result are likely to live shorter lives. While health-care spending is at an all-time high in the United States, said Dr. Step...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: People in Utah and around the country can avoid tax penalties for not having health insurance by getting coverage during a special enrollment period now underway. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SALT LAKE CITY – A special enrollment period is underway that can help people in Utah and around the U.S. avoid fines for not having health insurance. Randal Serr is director of the nonprofit group Take Care Utah, which helps enroll people in health insurance plans through the Affordable Car...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Boy Scouts across Utah will be collecting food Saturday in an annual effort that netted 1.6 million pounds of food last year. Photo courtesy Utah Food Bank.

SALT LAKE CITY - Thousands of Boy Scouts and volunteers are collecting food Saturday in an annual event that will likely provide more than 1 million meals for people in Utah. The Utah Food Bank operates the "Scouting for Food" event each year in partnership with more than 130 food pantries and agen...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: With more than 2 million accidental poisonings in the United States each year, families are being urged this week to make sure any dangerous medications or household products are kept locked up or out of reach. Photo credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

SALT LAKE CITY - In Utah and around the nation, it's National Poison Prevention Week. The focus is on taking some simple steps around the home to help reduce the chances of accidental poisoning, said Marty Malheiro, outreach coordinator at the Utah Poison Control Center. She said potentially danger...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: A new report says more Americans are retiring to communities in the West, such as St. George, that are home to protected public lands such as Zion National Park. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Transportation.

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Older Americans are three times more likely to retire in areas of Utah and other Western states that have protected public lands - such as Zion National Park near St. George, according to a new report from the Center for Western Priorities. Gregg McArthur, chief executive of the ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Campaign money played a bigger role in 2014 than in any midterm election in history, but it isn't stopping some civic and community groups from trying to keep elections clean. Photo credit: U.S. Department of the Treasury.

SALT LAKE CITY - In Utah and nationally, the corrupting influence of money in politics is getting worse, according to reports by Clean Slate Now and the Center for Responsive Politics that show that last year's midterm election was the most expensive in history. Outside spending on Senate elections...Read More

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