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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - ID: Health Issues

Idaho's working poor often don't have access to early cancer screenings, leading to higher rates of cancer diagnoses.  (skeeze/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho has a lot of room to prevent and reduce cancer, especially for the state's working poor. A new report from American Cancer Society's "Cancer Action Society" gives Idaho a failing grade in six of its nine categories. The categories include tobacco prevention funding, brea

Kristen Worthington and her son Nicholas of Boise were both diagnosed with cancer this year, only months apart. (Courtesy of Rick Worthington)

BOISE, Idaho – In February, Rick Worthington's wife Kristen found out she had breast cancer. Kristen was caught off-guard by the diagnosis and shortly after her 43rd birthday, the primary tumor was removed. But the Worthingtons were in for another shock. In May, they learned that 13-year-o

A new report finds some water treatment plants may be polluting the waters Idahoans swim and play in. (Joe Nuxoll/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The vast majority of Idaho sewage treatment plants need to clean up their act to ensure clean water for Idahoans and the environment, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League report shows wastewater treatment plants in the state racked up more than 1,700 violat

Boise's deputy fire chief suggests Idahoans watch experts light aerial fireworks rather than doing it themselves. (Edward Simpson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-safety experts want Idahoans to have a blast this Fourth of July, but they also want residents to stay safe. Earlier this week, the Idaho Attorney General's Office clarified that aerial fireworks are illegal and should not be sold at retail stands. Romeo Gervais, deputy c

Idaho ranks 20th overall for child well-being in a new national report, but last in the country for its high number of young children not enrolled in preschool. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho – Results from an annual report released today on child well-being show a mixed bag for Idaho kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book assesses states on key indicators of how children and families are faring. This year, it ranks Idaho 20th overall. The st

AARP's Community Challenge project is looking for ideas about how to make cities more welcoming for people of all ages. (punttim/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the large population of baby boomers grows older, making cities friendly for residents all ages has become more important than ever. The AARP Community Challenge offers grants to projects - to be complete by the end of this year - that help cities become friendlier to people of

Pediatricians say parents need to replace fruit juices with juices made from real fruits. (silviarita/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – It turns out fruit juices are skimping on the fruit, and that's bad news for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines regarding fruit juice, suggesting that infants under the age of one stay away from fruit juice completely. The guidelines are

President Trump's budget proposal includes $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade, which would affect many Idaho families. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho - The Trump administration released its proposal to balance the country's budget over the next decade on Tuesday, and says it will require large cuts to domestic programs to do it. More than $800 billion would be slashed from Medicaid by 2027. Lauren Necochea, director of Idaho Voices

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