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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes a statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill; plus "diaper duty" is an economic burden for one in three families.

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Health-access groups worry that allowing skimpy, cheaper plans would drive up costs for the majority of consumers, especially older people with pre-existing conditions. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphotos)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Activist groups say President Donald Trump's proposal to allow cheaper, low-benefit health care plans is just another attempt to upend the Affordable Care Act – and they predict it will drive overall prices up, not down. On Tuesday, the administration proposed a ru

Doctors rush a patient to care. Enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends at midnight today. (JillK61)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – You have until midnight today to sign up for California's version of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Health-care advocates raised concerns last week when the new administration reportedly stopped advertising the open-enrollment period. After some pushba

A new law requires California doctors to have access to the state's database that tracks prescriptions for opioid painkillers.(dodgerton skillhause/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Starting today, all doctors in California must be registered for access to the state's prescription database. It's part of an effort to stop drug-addicted patients from "doctor shopping" to get pain pills. The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System,

The ACLU has filed a suit with the California Supreme Court that could help Californians sentenced as kids to life without parole get an attorney and a re-sentencing hearing. (Arnoshwithal/morguefile)

SAN FRANCISCO - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court in San Francisco Monday with far-reaching consequences for the 255 people sentenced to die in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The suit seeks a re-sentencing hearing for Leif Taylor, who has se

The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the CoveredCA exchange is Sun., Jan. 31. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

LOS ANGELES - If you want to sign up for health insurance and get help paying for it you only have until Sunday to get it done. The healthcare marketplace's annual open enrollment period closes Jan. 31 and won't reopen until the fall. If you don't have insurance, there's a penalty of about $700 per

A bill to force transparency in prescription drug prices stalled in the California State Assembly Monday. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - Once again a bill to force drug makers to justify why certain drugs cost so much died in the California State Legislature. On Monday, Assembly member David Chiu pulled the bill, known as A.B. 463, when it became apparent it would not pass the Assembly Health Committee. The bill woul

Today is the Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Day of Remembrance. Credit: ldless/iStock

LOS ANGELES - Today is the first-ever national day of remembrance for people who have died in alcohol-related car crashes, the survivors, and their families. It's organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD, as part of its 35th birthday celebration. There will be events in do

Martin Luther King Junior Community Hospital reopened in South Los Angeles on Tuesday. The facility is updated and under new management.Courtesy of MLK Jr. Community Hospital

LOS ANGELES - One of the poorest areas of South Los Angeles got a gleaming new 131-bed hospital Tuesday. Martin Luther King Junior Community Hospital opened its doors, seven years after its troubled predecessor, nicknamed "Killer King," was forced to shut down when the federal government pulled all

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