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PNS Daily Newscast - April 22, 2019 


The vigilante accused of holding migrants at border to appear in court today. Also on our Monday rundown: The US Supreme Court takes up including citizenship questions on the next census this week. Plus, Earth Day finds oceans becoming plastic soup.

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Public News Service - WI: Smoking Prevention

Madison, WI - When the cost of a pack of smokes goes up, the number of people who light up goes down, according to the American Lung Association of Wisconsin. That's one reason the organization approves of Governor Jim Doyle's budget proposal, which includes a hike in cigarette taxes. Spokesperson

Milwaukee, WI - With many states bordering Wisconsin enacting smoking bans, some advocates there fear becoming the "ashtray of the Midwest" unless the state takes action. Wisconsin lawmakers will get another chance to insure that the state doesn't become an "ashtray." Supporters hope a bill that wo

Brookfield, WI – The battle over smoking in public places continues in Wisconsin, with today marking the start of the first full week of a new indoor smoking ban in Eau Claire. It's a law that forbids smoking in all public places, and it follows similar bans in other cities. Donna Wininsky wi

Madison, WI – With the Wisconsin legislative session ending next week, supporters of a smoke-free workplace law are accusing leading state lawmakers of "running out the clock" to avoid a vote on it. Dona Wininsky with the American Lung Association in Wisconsin says there's enough support in b

Madison, WI – Supporters of a proposed smoke-free workplace law are trying to "light up" some action in the state legislature, with an Assembly hearing scheduled for this Wednesday. Allison Prange, of the American Cancer Society in Wisconsin, calls the state "the ashtray of the Midwest" compar

Madison, WI – Kicking a nicotine habit is a common New Year's resolution, but on Jan. 1, when a new state cigarette tax kicks in, the idea is expected to be more popular than ever in Wisconsin. The substantial dollar-a-pack tax increase likely will give many smokers the extra boost they need t

Madison, WI – A quarter billion dollars. That's the Medicaid price tag attached to smoking in Wisconsin over the next five years, according to a new report from RTI International. The study says the healthcare system saves big bucks when people quit smoking because of the costly health conditi

Milwaukee, WI – Can Wisconsin have a healthier "bottom line?" Some of the state's business leaders are convinced they can put cancer out of business, as part of a new campaign for employee health and fitness. The effort, known as "CEOs Against Cancer," brings together top executives of local c

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