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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Archive: March 6, 2017

New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew says the state recorded more than 500 opioid overdose deaths in 2016. (Kay Andrew)

CONCORD, N.H. -- New England is in the grips of an opioid drug epidemic, and a medical examiner who's been on the job for two decades says it's hard to separate accidental overdoses from cases of suicide. Dr. Thomas Andrew has spent much of his medical career calling attention to the issue. He sa ...Read More

A bill in the Washington Legislature would increase access to career and technical training for high school students across the state. (KIVILCIM PINAR/iStockphoto)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill in the Washington Legislature would increase access to technical education and career readiness courses for high school students in the state. Senate Bill 5758, known as the Washington Graduates bill, and a companion bill in the House aim to provide more real-world tr ...Read More

Reining in the cost of prescription drugs is one way to reduce Medicare costs, according to AARP. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Switching Medicare to a voucher system would put health care out of reach for many Pennsylvania seniors, according AARP and other advocates for seniors. Some members of Congress have proposed replacing Medicare's guaranteed benefits with a voucher system to reduce costs, gi ...Read More

State legislators want to enact Article V in order to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. (Wikilmages/PIxabay)

BOISE, Idaho – So far, 28 states have passed resolutions calling for a Constitutional Convention to add an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget - but Idaho isn't one of them. A state Senate resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention was defeated last week, ...Read More

Part of the burden of New Mexico's budget problems could fall to Medicaid patients unless solutions are agreed on in the State Legislature. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The state budget deficit has the New Mexico Human Services Department trying to implement new fees for people who rely on Medicaid for their health care. A sharp reduction in federal matching funds is the primary reason for the shortfall that's causing anxiety, both for heal ...Read More

Some experts say growing urban/rural divide puts pressure on Iowa farmers to develop solutions to the state's water quality problems. (Carl Wycoff/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There's been a lot of focus on ensuring safe, affordable drinking water from public systems in Iowa’s urban centers. But some groups believe just as much attention is needed in rural communities. Stephanie Enloe, program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, said m ...Read More

Thousands of Arkansas residents could lose out on Medicaid coverage if state lawmakers approve a freeze on new enrollments.  (AMRImage/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With an estimated 330,000 people enrolled in Arkansas's expanded Medicaid program, state lawmakers are now taking steps to freeze enrollment. The state adopted a plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy health care from the insurance marketplace for those eligible, and the nu ...Read More

Comments from the public moved several Republican lawmakers in West Virginia to break with their party and vote against a controversial pollution bill. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Bill 2506 - nicknamed the "Cancer Creek Bill" by its critics - passed the West Virginia House of Delegates last week, but not before a public outcry pushed several delegates to oppose it. The bill would permit more pollution in surface waters by changing how the state me ...Read More

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