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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

Dan Stein of Second Harvest Food Bank says too many Wisconsin families are forced to make a choice between buying food or paying for basics like housing and utilities. Courtesy: Second Harvest Food Bank.

MADISON, Wis. – Millions of Wisconsinites will sit down to a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, including many who are the beneficiaries of the efforts of food banks all around the state. But one good meal doesn't end food insecurity, says Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank in...Read More

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Conservation organizations are supporting bipartisan legislation to permanently reinstate the lapsed federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been used in counties all across Wisconsin to preserve scenic beauty and natural resources. Credit: CleanWisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - For decades, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped the state preserve the scenic beauty for which Wisconsin is famous, but Congress has let the fund lapse. Conservationists – such as real estate consultant Dick Steffes, who for decades ran the DNR's l...Read More

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There is another move to change Wisconsin's medical malpractice laws, which now say if an act of malpractice causes the death of someone 18 or older and single, there's nothing a parent can do about it. Credit: monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto

MILWAUKEE – Once again, legislation has been proposed to change Wisconsin's medical malpractice laws. Milwaukee attorney Michael End says most parents have no idea how those laws work, and are shocked to find out that if their child is 18 or older and is killed by an act of medical malpracti...Read More

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There is bipartisan support for legislation in Wisconsin to return to treating 17-year-old non-violent, first-time offenders in Juvenile Court. Credit: Arva Csaba/iStockphoto

MADISON, Wis. - Seventeen-year-olds in Wisconsin may be getting second chances. In early December, there will be another hearing in the state Senate regarding legislation to reverse the 1996 law that says 17-year-old offenders must be charged in adult court. The proposed changes would allow 17-yea...Read More

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Analiese Eicher of One Wisconsin Now says student loan debt is dragging down the state's economy and it's time for the Legislature to do something about it. Courtesy: One Wisconsin Now

MADISON, Wis. - The percentage of Wisconsinites with student loan debt continues to rise at a rate much faster than most of the rest of the nation. Analiese Eicher, program director with the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, says 70 percent of the state's graduates are carrying student loan debt, l...Read More

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It's been a mild start to November in Wisconsin, but winter's chill soon will arrive, bringing with it problems for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who won't be able to afford their heating bill. Credit: Clean Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - Much of Wisconsin has yet to feel the bite of November's cold wind, but before long winter's brutal chill will descend on the Badger State, leaving thousands of people with huge energy bills to heat their homes. According to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund, a nonprofit agency that help...Read More

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Helen Marks Dicks of AARP-Wisconsin says many people don't realize how much is asked of family caregivers today. November is National Family Caregivers Month. Credit: AARP-WI

MADISON, Wis. – Underappreciated and undertrained is how some people refer to family caregivers, who make personal sacrifices every day for little or no compensation to provide care for a loved one. November is National Family Caregivers Month, and Helen Marks Dicks, state advocacy director ...Read More

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On National Eating Healthy Day, registered dietitian Marianne Merrick says try to change one thing at a time when you're trying to get rid of bad eating habits. Courtesy: Marianne Merrick

MADISON, Wis. - Here in America's Dairyland, 31 percent of adults are obese, 32 percent of adults have high blood pressure and 350,000 have heart disease. The American Heart Association has designated today as National Eating Healthy Day to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to improve the...Read More

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