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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - WA: Health Issues

Some immigrant families in Washington state are shying away from getting prenatal care and other medical assistance because of a Trump administration proposal. (maginnis/Twenty20)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The public comment window closes Monday on a Trump administration proposal that would make it harder for people to obtain legal status if they've received public assistance. Immigrants' rights groups say it already is affecting communities. The "public charge" rule change

The holidays can be a stressful time but centering gratitude in one's life can help people mentally and physically. (amyjhumphries/Twenty20)

SEATTLE – What are you grateful for this holiday season? The answer could be good for your health. An array of studies shows expressing gratitude can reduce levels of stress and feelings of loneliness, which can in turn improve physical health by leading to more sleep and energy or even re

The rate of uninsured Washingtonians has dropped from 14 percent in 2013 to 5.4 percent in 2018. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

SEATTLE, Wash. – Health care could be one of the biggest deciding factors in this year's election for voters in Washington state and nationwide. According to polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 75 percent of Americans say it's very important the Affordable Care Act's protection for indi

After having a stroke a 46, Bill Monroe started his own podcast to provide resources for other young stroke survivors. (Courtesy of Bill Monroe)

SEATTLE – It's World Stroke Day, and one Washington state survivor is talking about life after his stroke and what people can do to prevent its worst effects. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the Evergreen State, and the number six cause of death. Bill Monroe suffered

The Washington State Medical Association, the state's largest physicians' organization, is supporting the carbon pollution-fee initiative. (Clean Air Clean Energy WA)

SEATTLE — Medical professionals across Washington state say they are supporting the carbon pollution fee ballot initiative not just because it combats climate change but also because it will improve people's health. Initiative 1631 would put a fee on the state's largest polluters, such as oi

The country's most consistent voting bloc, people age 50 and older, will likely decide Washington's state most hotly-contested congressional race. (Keith Brofsky/Coffee Party USA)

AUBURN, Wash. - What are the priorities of older Washingtonians in one of the country's most closely-watched midterm congressional races? An AARP Washington survey out today focused on people 50 and older in the state's 8th Congressional District, which is an open seat after U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert

Health professionals recommend folks prepare for flu season before winter comes. (justjadecao/Twenty20)

SEATTLE — After an extremely deadly and severe flu season last year, health professionals want Washingtonians to be more prepared this time around. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80,000 people died from the flu and 900,000 were hospitalized with symptoms last se

Underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Site hold more than 50 million gallons of radioactive waste. (Jeff Keyzer/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Workers at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in southeast Washington scored a win for safety in court this week. But one watchdog group says the federal government now has to follow through to protect Hanford Nuclear Site workers. Washington state, the Steam and United A

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