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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - AR: Women's Issues

Four laws were approved earlier this year by Arkansas lawmakers despite similar measures having been ruled unconstitutional in several other states. (JoeRaedle/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions passed earlier this year by state lawmakers. The laws include a ban on a common second-trimester procedure, allow a partner or family member to block a planned abortion, force doctors to sa

The Arkansas Legislature has passed an anti-abortion bill banning a common medical procedure and allowing family members to block a woman from having it. (mj00007/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Women's health advocates and legal experts say they don't expect a new Arkansas law blocking a certain type of abortion procedure to survive challenges in court. The new law bans a standard medical procedure used in rare, second-trimester abortions, and also allows a woma

New guidelines say parents should put infants to sleep on their backs in an uncluttered crib. (artfoliophoto/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials in Arkansas are making sure parents and caretakers know how to safely put infants to sleep so they wake up healthy and alive. The Arkansas Children's Hospital and the state Department of Health have launched a statewide campaign to educate families

This year's Premature Birth Report Card shows that for the first time in eight years, the U.S. preterm birth rate has increased. (March of Dimes)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas's premature birth rate is rising, dropping the state from a grade of C to a D on the March of Dimes' annual Premature Birth Report Card. In 2016, the group said, the state's premature birth rate increased to 10.8 percent from 10 percent the previous year. During the sam

Police officers in Arkansas are giving out Laura's Card to anyone involved in a domestic situation to try to combat the rise in domestic violence.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one of every three has been a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner within her lifetime. For men, the numbers are also high: One in every

Walk Across Arkansas is an eight-week program to encourage people to get more exercise. It's sponsored by the University of Arkansas in order to reduce the state's high obesity rate. (Kevin Patrick Allen)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansans are being urged to lace up their shoes for the next eight weeks. Walk Across Arkansas has begun, with the goal of getting more people in shape and interested in exercising. LaVona Traywick, health and aging specialist with the University of Arkansas, says participants

MomsRising is a national group urging its members to speak up this election year about improving policies for working families and children. Courtesy: MomsRising

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas parents could have a lot to say to political candidates in the coming year, and one group is encouraging them to speak up. According to the grassroots group "MomsRising," even the busiest working parents need to find time to advocate for better economic security for fam

A recent survey shows 93 percent of Arkansas citizens age 50 and above would prefer to receive long term care in their home or community, but state Medicaid rules make that difficult. Source: AARP Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Despite popular misconception, family caregivers provide most of the long-term care in Arkansas and the country. Some state Medicaid rules make providing that care difficult. A recent study shows 93 percent of Arkansas citizens age 50 and up say if they needed long-term care, th

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