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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - AR: Health Issues

AARP is warning people age 50 and older that they can expect to pay much higher health-insurance premiums if the proposed plan to replace Obamacare is passed. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Critics of the proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act are warning that the cost of the plan would disproportionately fall on older Americans. Estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the American Health Care Act would increase costs for many while caus

Thousands of Arkansas residents could lose out on Medicaid coverage if state lawmakers approve a freeze on new enrollments.  (AMRImage/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With an estimated 330,000 people enrolled in Arkansas's expanded Medicaid program, state lawmakers are now taking steps to freeze enrollment. The state adopted a plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy health care from the insurance marketplace for those eligible, and the nu

The Arkansas Legislature has passed an anti-abortion bill banning a common medical procedure and allowing family members to block a woman from having it. (mj00007/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Women's health advocates and legal experts say they don't expect a new Arkansas law blocking a certain type of abortion procedure to survive challenges in court. The new law bans a standard medical procedure used in rare, second-trimester abortions, and also allows a woma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas has the largest number of cases in the current national outbreak of mumps. (shepherd/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A major outbreak of mumps in Arkansas and several other states continues to grow at an alarming rate, according to public health agencies. Officials say there are more than 2,000 cases of the contagious viral infection in Arkansas. Mumps causes flu-like symptoms and swolle

New guidelines say parents should put infants to sleep on their backs in an uncluttered crib. (artfoliophoto/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials in Arkansas are making sure parents and caretakers know how to safely put infants to sleep so they wake up healthy and alive. The Arkansas Children's Hospital and the state Department of Health have launched a statewide campaign to educate families

The Arkansas Department of Health has 120 days to develop regulations and procedures for dispensing medical marijuana. (tvirbickis/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Now that Arkansas has approved the use of medical marijuana, state officials are scrambling to put a framework in place to accommodate the new law. Arkansans approved Issue 6, one of a wave of cannabis-related initiatives across the country on Election Day. In all, eight states

This year's Premature Birth Report Card shows that for the first time in eight years, the U.S. preterm birth rate has increased. (March of Dimes)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas's premature birth rate is rising, dropping the state from a grade of C to a D on the March of Dimes' annual Premature Birth Report Card. In 2016, the group said, the state's premature birth rate increased to 10.8 percent from 10 percent the previous year. During the sam

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that one-third of smoking-related cancer deaths in Arkansas are due to cigarettes. (MrKornFlakes/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – One-third of cancer deaths in Arkansas are due to cigarettes, ranking the state second in the nation for its percentage of smoking-related cancer deaths. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Arkansas tops the U.S. in cigarette-related ca

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