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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 - WV: Health Issues

As it stands, there are no serious proposals before West Virginia lawmakers on how to deal with insurance rules over pre-existing conditions. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginians with chronic illnesses are dreading a federal lawsuit over the rule that insurance companies have to cover pre-existing medical conditions. The suit was filed by the attorney general of Texas, but the U.S. Department of Justice and West Virginia attor

Advocates say there are probably tens of thousands of West Virginians waiting for the state's medical cannabis program to get under way. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Stats from states that have legalized medical marijuana suggest legal weed could be a big help to West Virginia's strained Public Employees Insurance Agency. Striking teachers recently demanded better funding for their health insurance. And by one estimate, a working medi

Initial research found higher levels of cancer and birth defects in residents around surface mines, but a broad federal study to follow up on those problems was canceled. (Vivian Stockman/Southwings)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – New evidence suggests political pressure had a role in the U.S. Department of the Interior's sudden cancellation of a major study on the health impacts of mountaintop-removal mining. According to a newly released Inspector General's letter to Congress, the Interior Depar

Research confirms that not having a good childhood can have a lifelong impact on mental and physical health. (Pixabay/Rudy Anderson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Childhood trauma is a public health problem, but we can build resilience to its effects - that's the message planned for Wednesday morning's keynote address at the spring conference of the National Association of Social Workers, in West Virginia. Research continues to con

Black Lung is an incurable disease caused by breathing coal dust, which gets worse until a miner dies. (Yale Rosen/Fickr)

MATEWAN, W.Va. — A group of miners has put forward a plan for a state black lung program. It would solve problems in the federal system they say now stop miners from getting benefits. Eighty percent of the funds in the federal black lung program go to doctors, lawyers, judges and bureaucrats

Julie Schleier of Parkersburg says Obamacare may have saved her life. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight years after its passage, some West Virginia patients are crediting the Affordable Care Act with saving their lives and keeping their families from financial ruin. Julie Schleier of Parkersburg said she and her husband lost their insurance because his employer was go

Del. Mike Pushkin is a gun owner but spoke at the gun-control rally in Charleston on Saturday. (Rafael Barker)

CHARLESTOWN, W.Va. – Although more than a million and a half people around the country rallied for tighter gun laws last weekend, West Virginia has been moving in the opposite direction. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, the student-led March For Our Lives sparked more than 750 events

Half of mass shootings involve family or domestic violence, according to research. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – There is a strong link between mass shootings and domestic violence, according to an analysis of seven years of shootings by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. The study found the majority "involve domestic or family violence." In more than 4 out of 10 case

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