PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - KY: Health Issues

One bright spot in new health rankings shows that women and children in Kentucky are getting their regular wellness checkups. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report indicates there is much work to be done in Kentucky to improve health among women and children. The national report, from United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings, ranks the Commonwealth 42nd compared to other states for women's and children's health

The Tour de Cure Kentucky in May will include cycling courses as well as a 5K walk and run. (musume miyuki/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Folks from all walks of life are invited to take in the beauty of Kentucky's Bourbon Trail while raising awareness about a disease that affects nearly 450,000 people in the state. The American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure will be held May 19 at Keeneland Race Course. It

Good oral-health habits can decrease the incidence of cavities among children. (woodypino/Pixabay)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While Valentine candy might be tempting to Kentucky boys and girls, dental-health professionals say it's crucial to ensure it doesn't turn into a problem. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and health-care groups say it's about more than teaching kids to b

Health groups say e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco cigarettes for young people. (

FRANKFORT, Ky. — More young adults in Kentucky are "vaping" than ever before, which is concerning health groups who say electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking. Data from the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll showed nearly half of Kentuckians between the ages of 18 and 2

Kentucky health advocates say a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack would raise about $250 million  a year. (Brett McBain/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Could increasing the cigarette tax by $1 save lives and improve Kentucky's budget woes? That's what the majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. When learning about the specific revenue and health benefits of a $1 per-pack increase in

Will the Senate wait until January to consider reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program? (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It is down to the wire for Congress to pass a long term funding bill for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and a new report shows that if lawmakers don't act soon nearly two million children, including 38,000 in Kentucky, could lose coverage in January. CHIP funding e

Kentucky ranks 44th nationally for the number of primary care physicians. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An annual check-up shows the Commonwealth is making improvements in some areas of health. Kentucky moved up three spots in this year's America's Health Rankings report, placing 42nd - up from 45th in 2016. The findings were released by United Health Foundation this week. Dr. Ju

Health officials say some Kentuckians eligible for tax subsidies through the federal health-insurance marketplace are paying as little as $1 a month for a 2018 plan. (401(k)2012/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians who need medical insurance in 2018 have just a few more days to apply for it through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. The open enrollment period has been 45 days shorter than last year – and it ends this Friday. John Watkins, acting executive dir

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