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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - WA: Health Issues

About 70 percent of kids drop out of sports by age 13 because they don't find it fun, according to a survey. (TonyTheTigersSon/Twenty20)

SEATTLE — The start of the school year also means the fall sports season is up and running. But are young people in athletics being pushed too hard? Major League Baseball All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and former Seattle Mariners prospect Aaron Trolia believe so, and that's why they've started t

The Seattle metro area experienced nearly a month of bad air quality in 2016. (SounderBruce/Flickr)

SEATTLE — Air quality could still be a problem, even after Washingtonians get through this active wildfire season. According to a new analysis, some Washington cities experienced more than a month of polluted air in 2016 from sources such as wildfire smoke and car exhaust. The report "Troubl

Big soda companies have pumped about $6 million so far into a Washington measure to ban future grocery taxes. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Big soda companies are all-in on a measure that would ban future soda taxes such as the one Seattle passed last year. Washingtonians will decide in November on Initiative 1634, which would prohibit local governments from imposing any new taxes on grocery items. Seattle's tax woul

Gaming disorder is associated with other disorders such as depression, anxiety and ADHD.(superanton/Pixabay)

SEATTLE - A psychiatrist in the Evergreen State says it's important that the World Health Organization is recognizing online gaming addiction as a disorder, but more research is needed to fully understand and treat it. The American Psychiatric Association has yet to recognize gaming disorder, notin

President Donald Trump has promised to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy with a Supreme Court pick who will overturn Roe v. Wade. (trac1/Twenty20)

SEATTLE — Supporters of women's rights say developments at the U.S. Supreme Court are putting the future of reproductive rights in peril. Last week, the court ruled in a 5-4 decision that so-called crisis pregnancy centers run by anti-abortion groups cannot be compelled by states to post inf

Doctors suggest even men without any serious health conditions come in for routine health checkups. (RLTheis/Twenty20)

SEATTLE – There's a good chance Washington dads haven't been in for a routine doctor's checkup in a while. For Father's Day, medical professionals suggest dads get themselves a gift and go in for an exam, even if they don't have any pressing health issues. Doctor Scott Itano, a family medici

Free summer meal programs are helping working families, who spend an extra $300 on food when school is out. (School's Out Washington)

SEATTLE – Summer break is approaching in Washington state, which also means many families can't rely on school for a meal during the day. Schools and summer programs will be stepping up to fill the gap with free summer meals. Marci Asher is the executive director of the Urban Family Center i

The harmful effects of excessive formaldehyde in wood products came into sharp focus in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina. (Infrogmation/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – A new rule put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency this month will protect consumers from formaldehyde in wood products. Formaldehyde is used to bind wood in products such as cabinets, flooring and even RV paneling. However, excessive use of the product can hurt people'

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