PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MD: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

In 2017, Marylanders surrendered more than 2,500 pounds of drugs to bins at police barracks across the state. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A coalition of Maryland leaders and health care advocates have launched a statewide coalition focused on reducing the number of people becoming addicted or dying from opioid use. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,800 Marylanders died in 2016 from opio

Dozens of Americans die every day by overdosing on painkillers. (

BALTIMORE -- Overdoses on painkillers kill more than sixty Americans every day, and between 2005 and 2014 there was a 99 percent increase in the number of people going to emergency rooms because of overdoses. But according to the American Psychological Association, doctors have been reluctant to p

Veterans suffering from PTSD are finding healing through yoga instead of relying solely on prescription drugs and psychotherapy. (Warriors at Ease)

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Flashbacks, nightmares, anger, night sweats and anxiety are adverse reactions some military veterans experience after combat. The Department of Veterans Affairs says up to 20 percent of the 2.3 million U.S. veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from

 Medicaid turns 50 this week, and a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows when children are covered by Medicaid, it brings them benefits for life. Credit: Republica/Pixabay.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Medicaid turns 50 this week, and according to data compiled in a new report, children covered by Medicaid often enjoy lasting health and well-being benefits. Roughly half of Maryland residents receiving Medicaid are children, and the report found kids covered by Medicaid were

PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Marylanders from MADD. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BALTIMORE - Impaired driving-related crashes took 152 lives in Maryland last year, and the holiday season is considered a dangerous period for the risk of a crash. The Maryland Department of Transportation recently teamed up with Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to u

PHOTO: Mothers Against Drunk Driving says high visibility law enforcement campaigns are a proven deterrent against drunk driving. The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign runs through Labor Day Weekend. Photo credit: MADD

BALTIMORE - You might think an organization called "MADD" didn't have much to be glad about, but more police on the streets through this holiday weekend is certainly one thing that has them pleased. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers, of Upper Marlboro, high-vi

PHOTO: The CDC estimates the costs associated with excessive drinking topped $4.1 billion in Maryland in a single year, 2006. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Excessive alcohol use puts a huge economic burden on states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - from crimes committed by people who are drunk to health problems and lost work productivity associated with binge drinking. In Maryland, Dr. Robert Brewer, the

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