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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2019 


The U.S. House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for defying congressional subpoenas related to the U.S. census.

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Public News Service - VA: Smoking Prevention

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is a leading cause of disability in the United States. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. - A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and any age, and with May being National Stroke Awareness Month, health organizations are trying to get people to better understand their risk factors in order to prevent a stroke. As a volunteer ambassador for the American Heart Associatio

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans a year, according to the American Lung Association. (realworkhard/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — Bills to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine vapor products from 18 to 21 sailed through Virginia's General Assembly. But some health groups say the focus is in the wrong place. The legislation has received overwhelming support from many including Govern

The American Heart Association is ramping up its health outreach to the LGBTQ community, which included a booth at the Hampton Roads Pride event. (MeShall Hills/American Heart Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The American Heart Association is beginning health outreach to members of the LGBTQ community, a group with higher rates of stress and smoking. One AHA staffer in Virginia knows all too well how important that can be. Teri Arnold, director of marketing and communications at the th

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research suggests it'd been very good for Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

RICHMOND, Va. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Two in seven Virginia children receive services though the healthcare program, which was created primarily for poor families and those wit

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's many military bases should go smoke-free, according to a new report by the federal Institute of Medicine. It supports the idea of a tobacco-free military, citing the huge financial burden smokers have become to the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Physician K

RICHMOND, Va. - President Barack Obama, arguably the most powerful man in the world, is still struggling to quit smoking. Days after signing into law the most restrictive regulations on tobacco in U.S. history, the President admitted he still smokes an occasional cigarette. He said he began smoking

Richmond, VA – Republicans in Virgina's General Assembly vow to kill Governor Tim Kaine's 30 cent tax increase on cigarettes, saying it'll cost the state much-needed jobs. But that doesn't add up, says Cathleen Smith Grzesiek from the American Heart Association. She says that at least half of

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