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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - NH: Health Issues

Protesters were part of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to Concord. They say dismantling the Affordable Care Act will make it harder to fight opioid abuse. (Granite State Progress)

CONCORD, N.H. – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was greeted by protesters in Concord, where he spoke with law enforcement agencies about the opioid crisis. Outside the federal courthouse, healthcare, recovery and criminal justice reform advocates carried signs that read "Healthcare is a Hu

Gov. Chris Sununu signed the Medicaid expansion bill just last week, and it already faces new hurdles. (Office of Gov. Sununu)

CONCORD, N.H. — Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill to continue New Hampshire's Medicaid program for another five years, but it includes a new work requirement which may not be legal. On Friday, a similar policy failed the litmus test in Kentucky — the first state to attach a w

New Hampshire's decision to expand Medicaid has helped almost 13,000 people get addiction-treatment coverage. (Pixabay)

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire needs to reauthorize its Medicaid expansion; that's the message being delivered by hundreds gathered on the State House lawn today. Without reauthorization, the program that has helped more than 50,000 Granite Staters get health insurance will expire at the end of this

Family medical leave would let workers take up to six weeks at 60 percent pay to care for a new child or sick family member. (Sanjasy/Pixabay)

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire state Senate voted Thursday to send a family medical leave insurance bill back for further study, effectively killing it for the year. House Bill 628 would have allowed workers at privately-owned companies to take as much as six weeks off for a birth or adop

Carrie Duran of Wolfeboro says she relies on Medicaid expansion to stay healthy so she can care for her children. (Carrie Duran)

CONCORD, N.H. – A House committee will hear testimony on a bill that would reauthorize New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion program. Rebecca Woitkowski, the early childhood policy coordinator for the advocacy organization New Futures Kids Count, says the expansion plays an integral role in the

Harm-reduction strategies such as safe injection spaces can reduce overdose deaths. (PhotoLizM/Pixabay)

CONCORD, N.H. – President Donald Trump is calling for tough law-enforcement measures to fight the opioid epidemic – measures drug policy reform advocates say simply don't work. Speaking at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire on Monday, Trump called for the death penalty for m

New Hampshire leads the nation in overdose deaths per capita from the opioid known as fentanyl. (stubs.org)

CONCORD, N.H. — More than 142,000 Americans had so-called "despair deaths" in 2016 - meaning from drugs, alcohol or suicide. But prevention specialists continue making inroads with families and communities to spot the warning signs and offer resources. In New Hampshire, the National Alliance

In 2016 63,600 Americans died of drug overdoses, a 21 percent increase over 2015. (rebcenter-moscow/Pixabay)

CONCORD, N.H. – Drug overdose deaths are increasing rapidly in the United States, and New Hampshire is near top of the list. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide in 2016, a 21 percent increase over 2015. A

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