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PNS Daily Newscast -May 25, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; a GOP candidate spends final night of his campaign allegedly “body slamming" a reporter; the CBO numbers are out and the latest version of the AHCA ends health coverage for 23 million Americans; and we take you to a township that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Public News Service - MA: Health Issues

Advocates say KFC's move makes sense given the global concern about the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. (MASSPIRG)

BOSTON -- Consumer and public health advocates are applauding the latest pledge by a fast food chain to phase out its use of chickens raised on antibiotics. Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by the company will be raised without having received any o

Brian Rosman with Health Care For All estimates at least a half-million Bay State residents would see their health coverage end, or be greatly reduced, under the GOP's replacement plan. (Health Care For All)

BOSTON – It has a new name and President Donald Trump's endorsement, but one local watchdog group says the GOP's Affordable Care Act replacement could end or reduce health care for at least a half-million people in Massachusetts. The plan would end the mandate to purchase insurance, and instea

As GOP lawmakers unveil initial plans to replace Obamacare, a new report says billions of dollars in federal support to Massachusetts are at stake. (WHOI Community/Wikimedia)

BOSTON – GOP lawmakers are using this week's Congressional recess to provide some of the first details about how they plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. A new report says billions of dollars in federal support for the Commonwealth are at stake in this debate. The Massachusetts Budget a

It's too late to fill-out a paper application for health coverage that starts Jan. 1, but you can still get help today with an online application. (Health Care For All)

BOSTON – Among last minute holiday preparations, there's one major detail many people still need to attend – making sure they have health coverage for 2017. Friday is the deadline for applications for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Maria Gonzalez, strategy and communications director a

A new report ranks the Bay State at 36th in the nation, near the bottom among states, for the amount it spends on smoking prevention. (anderson wasser/blogspot)

BOSTON — According to a new report, Massachusetts will collect more than $900 million this year from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend only a fraction of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is adequate for programs that prevent tobacco use

Supporter of the new state law legalizing adult possession of marijuana in the Bay State are concerned about lawmakers possibly doing away with key parts of it, including a home-grow provision. (A7nubis/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON — Bay State voters approved a ballot measure legalizing adult possession of marijuana earlier this month - and lawmakers are already discussing possible amendments to the new law. The law passed with the support of 54 precent of Massachusetts voters. Jim Borghesani, communications dir

Researchers and consumers took part in a Thursday forum in Boston that focused on ways to better integrate oral and medical healthcare. (U.S. Navy Photo)

BOSTON – What if your doctor and your dentist were able to work together? That was one of the topics at a forum on Integration of Oral Health and General Health on Thursday. Brian Rosman, director of policy and government relations at Health Care For All Massachusetts, pointed out there are

Local nurses plan to testify Tuesday against a proposal that could allow unlicensed to administer medications in Massachusetts. (Aleksahgabrielle/Wikimedia)

BOSTON – A controversial proposal comes up for public debate Tuesday about whether someone needs a license to administer medication in the Bay State. The state maintains it could see some health-care savings by allowing people who aren't necessarily doctors or nurses to give medications. B

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