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PNS Daily Newscast - April 26, 2018 


President Trump’s lawyer due in court today. Also on our rundown: HUD Secretary Ben Carson proposes raising the rent on low-income families; plus we will look at efforts to address addiction in Ohio: what’s working, and what’s not.

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Public News Service - FL: Health Issues

Florida's medical marijuana program currently has 1,314 doctors registered to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's Medical Cannabis Registry reached a milestone recently with more than 100,000 patients signed up for treatment. Advocates of cannabis use say that number would've been four times as much if it weren't for state officials searching for ways to restrict use. Nearly

Direct primary care is similar to a monthly service to a gym or online monthly service, where patients pay a flat rate directly to the physician, with no insurance involvement. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As states look to make changes to health care affordability and accessibility, Florida lawmakers passed a new bill that can potentially make medical care more pay-friendly. House Bill 37 creates a more direct relationship between patient and physician, as doctors can sign

The Florida Senate debates SB 7026, established in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As negotiations play out in the final week of the legislative session, the Florida Senate has adopted a last-minute amendment to its school safety bill designed to appease Gov. Rick Scott and other critics - but some Democrats and gun-control advocates remain opposed. Un

The U.S. House and Senate agreed to budget deals that ensure funding will continue for two years for Community Health Centers. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs. The deal appears to offer most of what Democrat

While the holidays are a time of gatherings with family and friends, they also can be a source of stress for many seniors. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Holidays can be a wonderful time to reunite adult children and their parents, whether the parents live in their own home, or in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Family visits also can be some of the best times to evaluate older people’s health and self-re

A core objective of Florida’s Action for Dental Health is to maximize the utilization and capacity of Florida’s current dental workforce to optimally serve Floridians with preventive and therapeutic dental care. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After being vetoed two years ago, there are new bills in the Florida Legislature that would establish a dental student loan forgiveness program for dentists practicing in underserved communities. Two bills, sponsored by Republicans Sen. Aaron Bean and Rep. Colleen Burton, woul

Advocacy groups claim the disorganized response to Hurricane Irma and the tragedy that unfolded at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills are part of a more disturbing trend. (Florida Capitol/Creative Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Advocates plan to deliver petitions from more than 12,000 concerned citizens calling on the Legislature to investigate Gov. Rick Scott. After Hurricane Irma knocked out power at a Hollywood nursing home in September, more than a dozen residents died when temperatures soared an

In 2005 a bill that would have required nursing homes to have backup generators to protect residents failed to pass after resistance from the nursing-home industry. (Ted Van Pelt/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers will hold a special hearing this week to look at lessons learned from Hurricane Irma. This comes as two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during the storm have died. Ninety-year-old Cecilia Franco and 95-year-old France

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