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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2017 


Attorney General Sessions tight-lipped before the Senate Judiciary Committee; a new report says bith-control access is critical for both health and economic security; and expect a personal touch to finances as today marks Credit Union Day.

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Public News Service - CA: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

A new law requires California doctors to have access to the state's database that tracks prescriptions for opioid painkillers.(dodgerton skillhause/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Starting today, all doctors in California must be registered for access to the state's prescription database. It's part of an effort to stop drug-addicted patients from "doctor shopping" to get pain pills. The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System,

Ignition interlock devices cut drunk-driving deaths by 15 percent, according to a new report. California will soon consider legislation to require them in DUI convictions. (Smart Start)

LOS ANGELES - States that require ignition-interlock devices for all drunk-driving offenders have seen a 15 percent drop in deaths from alcohol-related crashes, according to a new report. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found Driving Under the Influence (DUI) crashes take 11,000 Am

California's new law regulating medical marijuana takes effect Friday, professionalizing the industry in the state.(growweedeasy/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - California's medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant goes into effect on Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of

Today is the Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Day of Remembrance. Credit: ldless/iStock

LOS ANGELES - Today is the first-ever national day of remembrance for people who have died in alcohol-related car crashes, the survivors, and their families. It's organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD, as part of its 35th birthday celebration. There will be events in do

A new study shows that Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it is known in California, has significantly benefited U.S. children since its inception in 1965. Credit: iStockphoto.com.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it's known in California, turns 50 years old this week – and a new study shows it has improved the lives of millions since its inception. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families examined data on Americans who utilized Medicaid benefits

PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state wants to educate the public about the negative health effects of electronic cigarettes. Public health officials point to recent reports that found the number of calls to poison-control centers about e-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year. A report from th

PHOTO: A bill advancing through the California Legislature would close a loophole that allows sweepstakes gambling cafes to operate in the state. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An effort to crack down on Internet gambling cafes is finding luck in the California Legislature. Assembly member Rudy Salas of Bakersfield says his bill would close a loophole in the law that allows these sweepstakes gambling cafes to mimic legal casinos. He says the cafes, tha

Sacrament, CA - California voters will decide this election day whether to increase penalties for drug- and gang-related crimes. Proposition 6, known as the Safe Neighborhoods Act, is expected to cost $500 million a year to implement criminal justice programs and build new prisons. Opponents argue t

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