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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 

The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.

2020Talks - September 22, 2020 

It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: March 21, 2016

The majority of Illinois caregivers work full-time, and some lawmakers want to give them more sick leave flexibility. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of Illinois residents are taking care of loved ones while also working at jobs, and state senior advocates are backing a move to give these caregivers more flexibility to use their sick leave. State lawmakers are considering the Eligible Leave for Employee Careg ...Read More

As legal issues present challenges for some low-income Minnesotans' health, new Medical Legal Partnerships have expanded their access in more rural parts of the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A one-year-old Medical Legal Partnership program has expanded this month to help more rural Minnesotans access legal services in a health care setting. The partnership provides free legal advice for low-income patients to navigate certain issues that can have negative effec ...Read More

Washington is the only West Coast state without a paid sick leave law, and proponents of Initiative 1433 are gathering signatures to try to change that. (Raise Up Washington)
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SEATTLE – Groups across the state are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would raise Washington's minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by 2020. Initiative 1433 has support from Washington unions and education associations, and recently received endorsements from presidential candid ...Read More

A new analysis of MBTA data finds the agency is $600 million short for the most basic repair goals over the next five years. (Adam E. Moreira)

BOSTON - Last week's nightmare 24-hour shutdown for rail commuters in the nation's capital for emergency maintenance could be a sign of things to come for commuters in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says it is at least $600 million short of funds for the mo ...Read More

Medical physicists are starting to play a bigger role in hospitals across the country. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More and more hospitals across the country are starting to add full-time medical physicists to their staffs. That's the case at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Dr. Nima Kasraie is the first full-time physicist in the hospital's Department of Radiology, and his goal is to make sur ...Read More

Supporters of an anti-discrimination measure to protect pregnant women in New Hampshire workplaces say they're optimistic that SB 488 will pass. (Granite State Progress)<br />

CONCORD, N.H. - The goal is to allow Granite State women to remain in the workforce during pregnancy. A measure to provide them reasonable accommodations by local employers is headed this week to the full state Senate. Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director for the Granite State Progress Educatio ...Read More

Poverty is one of the strongest predictors of a child’s health and educational outcomes. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Child poverty continues to plague Michigan communities. Released today, the "Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2016" shows the rate of child poverty in the state worsened 23 percent between 2006 and 2014. Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count Project director at the Michigan L ...Read More

New University of Colorado research shows that upside-down rivers, created by warming ocean water, are threatening ice shelves across the Antarctic continent. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Upside-down rivers of warming ocean water are a threat to the stability of floating ice shelves in Antarctica, according to a new report from the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center. Ice shelves are thick, floating plates of ice that have drifted away from the ...Read More

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