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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - MD: Consumer

This month, Maryland became the first state in the country to establish a prescription drug affordability board to help rein in drug prices. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A new bill introduced by Maryland's U.S. senators to lower skyrocketing drug prices was left off as an amendment to another Senate bill passed last week on drug pricing. But Democrats Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen say they'll continue to push for bipartisan support for the

A wind farm planned off the Maryland coast will provide more than 10 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, according to the Danish company behind the project. (Max Topchii/Adobe Stock)

OCEAN CITY, Md. – A long-planned wind farm off the coast of Ocean City moved closer to reality this week with the announcement that a new staging area is being built at the Port of Baltimore. Wind turbines will be assembled at the port and then shipped out to sea. The Skipjack Wind Farm s

Impact investing is making investments to achieve a

BALTIMORE – Lower-income Baltimore neighborhoods and small businesses are getting a boost from a loan program that's tailored to their needs. The Baltimore Community Foundation's impact investing program has brought almost $4 million to local businesses and organizations in the past year.

Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (geraldoswald62/Pixabay)

BALTIMORE – That blood pressure machine at the grocery store might just save your life. This past February, a blood pressure kiosk was installed at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore to help people monitor their cardiovascular health. The machine has proved to be quite popular,

Children and teens now consume 17% of their calories from added sugars, nearly half of which come from drinks alone, according to the American Heart Association and Academy of Pediatrics. (igorovsyannykov/Pixabay)<br />

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics are endorsing regulations and additional taxes aimed at reducing kids' consumption of sugary drinks. According to health officials, sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar, which is strongly li

Bills in the Maryland General Assembly would require the Public Service Commission to allow a utility to apply for an alternative rate plan at the same time it applies for new base rates. (pasja1000/Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland's attorney general and Public Service Commission are voicing concerns over a bill that would give the utility companies more power to increase their own rates. Now, if a utility wants to raise gas or electric rates, it has to plead its case before the Maryland Publi

In a lawsuit, the city of Baltimore says it believes Monsanto has caused

BALTIMORE - The city of Baltimore is suing agrochemical giant Monsanto and two other companies, claiming they were "completely aware" that the chemicals used in some of their products were toxic and didn't degrade in nature. Suzanne Sangree, Baltimore's director of affirmative litigation, claimed t

According to the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, 45 million Americans did not fill their prescriptions in 2016 due to cost. (qimono/Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland General Assembly will be reviewing legislation that would create a first-of-its-kind board to make high-cost prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders. Many lawmakers have called it a life-or-death issue. Now they're proposing the 2019 Prescription Drug

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