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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - CA: Health Issues

Peeling lead paint from homes built before 1978 is the primary source of lead poisoning in California, but lead also is found in some makeup from Afghanistan, turmeric from India and pottery from Mexico. (Bournedead/Morguefile)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The issue of childhood lead poisoning is getting fresh attention after the recent release of an investigative series by KALW Radio in San Francisco. Reuters data shows about 2 percent of California's children have high rates of lead in their blood - consistent with the nati

Roxane Sanchez, president of SEIU California, spoke at a news conference Monday in support of AB 3087. (California Assembly)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Labor unions and consumer advocates are throwing their support behind a bold new bill in California to control health-care costs by creating a commission to set limits on what providers can charge. Supporters held a Monday rally in Sacramento to push Assembly Bill 3087,

Supporters of the ballot initiative previously campaigned for a bill to establish minimum staffing levels at dialysis clinics. (SEIU-UHW)

LOS ANGELES – Today, supporters of an initiative to reform the dialysis industry are filing more than 600,000 signatures with county officials up and down the state in an effort to get on the November ballot. The so-called "Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act" would limit dialysis corporations' reve

Roundup is the most common pesticide in the world. Some studies have linked it to cancer, while many others have declared it safe. (Chris Thomas)

SAN FRANCISCO – A landmark

Health-access groups worry that allowing skimpy, cheaper plans would drive up costs for the majority of consumers, especially older people with pre-existing conditions. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphotos)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Activist groups say President Donald Trump's proposal to allow cheaper, low-benefit health care plans is just another attempt to upend the Affordable Care Act – and they predict it will drive overall prices up, not down. On Tuesday, the administration proposed a ru

President Donald Trump touched on a range of topics in his State of the Union address, including the economy, health care and immigration. (Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Civil rights leaders say President Donald Trump's State of the Union claim of massive gains under his leadership fell flat in light of the policies he pursued during his first year in office. The president Tuesday night bragged about appointing conservative Neil Gorsuch

Medicaid serves more than 74 million children, low-income adults, and people in nursing homes across the United States.(NACHC)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Some health experts are predicting the mother of all Medicaid and Medicare battles this year, as Republicans take a run at cutting social-service programs in order to reduce the deficit. The GOP failed twice to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, but succeeded in unde

New guidelines say cell phones put out more RF energy when they are searching for a signal or downloading large files. (d3damon/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New guidelines from the State of California warn of possible links between cell phones and cancer, and advise people to avoid holding the phone up to their head. The guidelines released Wednesday say that although there is no definitive link, some studies indicate long-t

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