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PNS Daily Newscast - October 15, 2018 


Is the moral of integrity of the U.S. at stake in the apparent murder of a Washington Post journalist? Also on the Monday rundown: A pair of reports as we head toward the November midterm elections; plus, if you're enrolling in Medicare today, help is available.

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Public News Service - CA: Health Issues

Some short-term plans restrict prescription drugs and don't include the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Groups fighting to keep California's health care system on track are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 910 which would limit short-term insurance plans. The Trump administration finalized new rules in August to allow so-called skinny plans to remain in forc

The Trump administration wants to eliminate California's ability to set its own higher emissions standards for cars. (1laura/Twenty20)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration is halting the push for higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars – and wants to take away California's ability to set its own standards. The administration says rolling back the Obama-era rules would save buyers of new vehicles about $2,00

Many economists had predicted major health insurance market instability if the risk-adjustment payments program was discontinued. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration is restarting a part of the Affordable Care Act that it had slashed two weeks ago, much to the relief of insurers and health care advocacy groups. The feds announced Tuesday that they will allow risk-adjustment payments from 2017 to go through, a

Healthcare advocates in California are pushing for a state-based individual mandate to buy insurance, and additional subsidies to make coverage more affordable. (Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rates will go up an average of almost 9 percent next year for Californians who buy health insurance on the individual market, according to projections released Thursday by Covered California, the state insurance marketplace. That's a smaller increase than many other stat

The EPA in the Trump administration reversed an Obama-era decision to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos.(pgiam/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The battle to ban a pesticide that the State of California has linked to reproductive harm continues to play out in court today as final arguments in the case commence before a federal judge in Seattle. Conservation groups sued the EPA after former administrator Scott P

The Fontana Walks program won a grant last year to challenge residents to collectively walk 1 million miles over the course of a year. (Fontana Walks)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Local nonprofits and government agencies always are looking for ways to make their communities more livable. And now a grant program from AARP can help make some of those projects a reality. The AARP Community Challenge 2018 will fund projects that improve transportation

Peeling lead paint from homes built before 1978 is the primary source of lead poisoning in California, but lead also is found in some makeup from Afghanistan, turmeric from India and pottery from Mexico. (Bournedead/Morguefile)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The issue of childhood lead poisoning is getting fresh attention after the recent release of an investigative series by KALW Radio in San Francisco. Reuters data shows about 2 percent of California's children have high rates of lead in their blood - consistent with the nati

Roxane Sanchez, president of SEIU California, spoke at a news conference Monday in support of AB 3087. (California Assembly)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Labor unions and consumer advocates are throwing their support behind a bold new bill in California to control health-care costs by creating a commission to set limits on what providers can charge. Supporters held a Monday rally in Sacramento to push Assembly Bill 3087,

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