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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Public News Service - Utah

PHOTO: According to a report out this week, when it comes to placing children in foster care versus a group home or institution, Utah's performance mirrors the national average. Photo credit: Catawba County, North Carolina.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah ranks at the statistical national average when it comes to placing children who are not with their biological families into a family environment, rather than a group home or institution, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Released Tuesday, the report...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: A rattlesnake is just about the last thing people want to see on the trail, but they're just as scared of you as you are of them, making it fairly simple to avoid being bitten. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's warming weather means rattlesnakes are once again out during the daytime hours and when that's the case, some people are bound to be bitten. But 90 percent of bites are avoidable, says Krissy Wilson, native aquatic species program coordinator with the Utah Division of Wildli...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: About 30 Utahns die each year from asthma, and nationally the disease is the leading chronic illness among children. While there is no cure for asthma, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month offers information on living with the disease. Photo credit: Georgia Department of Public Health.

SALT LAKE CITY - The word "asthma" may bring to mind an image of a sick child with an inhaler, but in reality, asthma affects about one in 12 Americans – and kills about 30 people in Utah every year. Creating more awareness about asthma is the goal of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Mon...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Huge wildfires in Utah and elsewhere will be treated as natural disasters if Congress approves proposed legislation. Photo credit:

SALT LAKE CITY – Treating major wildfires in Utah and elsewhere as natural disasters and spending more money on improving forest health are goals of proposed federal legislation. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would update how the federal government funds suppression efforts. As Congres...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are expected to be collected in Utah during Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger food drive during which letter carriers collect bags of food left by  mailboxes. Photo courtesy Utah Food Bank.

SALT LAKE CITY - Thousands of people in Utah will be joining forces with letter carriers Saturday for one of the nation's biggest food drives. Ginette Bott, chief development officer for the Utah Food Bank, said Stamp Out Hunger helps communities across the state feed families that are struggling t...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Utah's homeless population is expected to benefit from more than $2 million in Affordable Care Act funding to benefit community health centers. Photo credit: U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

OGDEN, Utah – Thousands of people in Utah, including the homeless, are expected to benefit from $2.3 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to expand nonprofit community health centers. Josh Marans, communications and member services manager for the Association for Utah Community Healt...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Utah residents are encouraged to help others in their community instead by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books, many Utah homes are brimming with items that are rarely or ever used - and some not at all. Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring can not only tidy up a home but also can help others. Instead of tossing ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

PHOTO: Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills an estimated 100 people in Utah each year, and preventing the disease is the goal of a national campaign today.

SALT LAKE CITY – It's Melanoma Monday in Utah and across the nation, a day centered on the early detection and prevention of a disease that kills thousands of Americans each year. Kimberly Dinsdale, media relations manager for the American Cancer Society, says melanoma, the deadliest form of ...Read More

Public News Service - UT

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