PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook is under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also on our Monday rundown: a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it's Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - WV: Health Issues

Half of mass shootings involve family or domestic violence, according to research. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – There is a strong link between mass shootings and domestic violence, according to an analysis of seven years of shootings by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. The study found the majority "involve domestic or family violence." In more than 4 out of 10 case

The West Virginia Legislature passed SJR 12 on Monday. Now the anti-abortion measure is headed for the November ballot. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia reproductive rights advocates see partisan political strategies behind the abortion referendum now headed for the ballot. But they also say they're ready. Senate Joint Resolution 12 would remove any right to abortion from the state constitution. Supporters s

Almost all non-working West Virginians getting Medicaid face serious barriers to work. (WV COPB)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is considering a rule that would require Medicaid recipients to work, if they can. But a new national poll suggests voters might see the move as a piece of a very unpopular pattern. Now that Trump administration officials have said they might allow it, some state

The parents of children who get care through CHIP are watching Congress anxiously. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Without renewed funding from Congress, the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program is running on fumes - which is worrying families. At the end of next month, the program will stop new enrollment, a first step in winding down. That's scary for the parents of th

Natural gas wells are known to be sources of problematic air pollution, and may be causing issues in developing fetuses. (Egan Jimenez/The Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Babies born to women who lived next to fracked gas wells during their pregnancies are more likely to have a low birth weight. That’s the finding of a new study from Princeton University. Researchers compared standard birth-weight records collected by Pennsylvania h

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just issued an important study of children's well-being in West Virginia and around the country. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A high proportion of West Virginia children are living in stubbornly persistent poverty, according to a major new study. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Race for Results" report looked at a variety of health, education, family stability and income data by state. In West Virgin

Under the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, federal funding for Medicaid to the states would fall sharply, especially in 2027. (Center On Budget and Policy Priorities)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The health care bill Senate Republicans are rushing to finish would cripple West Virginia opioid treatment and end Medicaid expansion, according to an analysis that also says the bill could end coverage of pre-exisiting conditions. Sean O'Leary, senior policy analyst for the We

A study found more than half of all West Virginia veterans reported serious symptoms of PTSD or depression. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Friday in Charleston, a WVU professor will be teaching a method veterans can use by themselves to deal with traumatic memories. Betsy Kent says about three quarters of her private practice deals with post traumatic stress and similar issues, often with veterans and the

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