PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - TN: Health Issues

TennCare recipients could be required to work in order to receive medical benefits, under bills in committee this week at the Tennessee Legislature. (Subconsci Productions/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The idea of requiring TennCare recipients to work in order to receive benefits might sound like a reasonable proposal on its face. But opponents say there's a catch to the legislation, House Bill 1551, and its companion, Senate Bill 1728, sponsored respectively by Tennessee

A broken payment system may discourage insurers from enrolling millions of people who are uninsured, according to a report from the Urban Institute. (franchise opportunities/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Consumers who lose their health insurance coverage in the middle of the year may have a hard time finding information on coverage – and a new report from the Urban Institute says there's a good reason for that. One of the study authors Stan Dorn, now a senior fellow

A new report focuses not on high healthcare costs, but on the economic benefits that Tennessee doctors bring to their communities, from creating jobs to paying taxes. (Micha K/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – They cure what ails us, but Tennessee doctors also are improving the health of the state's economy, according to a new report. The findings from the Tennessee Medical Association cover "The Economic Impact of Physicians in Tennessee," and says doctors in the Volunteer Stat

Tennesseans are paying more than $1 million over their lifetimes to smoke, according to a report released this week. (Una Mateo/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Among the items on hundreds of Tennesseans' New Year's resolution lists are promises to quit smoking. But a new study by survey giant WalletHub gives a $1 million reason why the state needs to kick the habit. In the report The Real Cost of Smoking by State, analysts rank

Experts recommend a reduction in eating sweets and maintaining a healthy weight as ways to prevent diabetes. (Puno 3000/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With most folks' diets a bit upside down this holiday season with parties and family dinners, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is reminding people about the importance of diabetes prevention. The Volunteer State has the fifth highest percentage of adults with diabe

Experts believe increased online use may prompt suicidal thoughts among at-risk teens, as they compare their lives unfavorably to what others post. (Ryan Melaugh/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – You may want to limit your teen's use of social media over the long holiday weekend. A study released this month in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found links between use of online engagement platforms and feelings of hopelessness and suicide. According to th

Almost 30 percent of Tennesseans with COPD also have asthma. (Dennis Skley/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost one in 10 Tennesseans has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD - meaning the state has one of the highest rates in the country. Experts say the incurable disease, which killed almost 4,000 people in 2015 in the Volunteer State, often is undiagnosed and left u

Tennesseans can expect higher premiums as they shop for health coverage on the health exchange, because of the elimination of federal subsidies for states by the Trump administration. (Lily A/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace begins on Wednesday, and consumer advocates want to make sure Tennesseans understand the importance having coverage. This year, the federal government has cut funding for the health navigator pro

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