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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - MA: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

As state lawmakers try to reconcile competing versions of Massachusetts' marijuana legalization bill, it now includes an amendment that promotes racial diversity in the pot business. (Fimansyah/Flickr)

BOSTON – State lawmakers are working against an end-of-month deadline to try to reconcile two competing versions of the marijuana legalization bill. The House was the latest to act on the measure, and Essex Rep. Frank Moran, who chairs the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, s

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

The future of mandatory minimum sentencing is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Swampyank/English Wikipedia)

BOSTON - It is now up to the state's highest court to determine whether a judge in a drug case can impose a sentence lower than the mandatory minimum under state law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last week. ACLU of Massachusetts legal director Matt Segal argues

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is among House members who gave unanimous support to a measure that aims to reduce abuse of prescription painkillers. (Office of Rep. Sanchez)

BOSTON - State lawmakers passed a measure in the House this week that would limit the prescriptions that most doctors write for pain medications to a seven-day supply. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Dist. 15) supports the measure. He says more than 1,0000 people died from opioid-related overdoses i

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs and vape pipes are growing in popularity in Massachusetts, but experts say there isnít enough science about how safe they are. Credit: Michael Dorausch, Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON - Electronic cigarettes - also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes - are growing in popularity in Massachusetts. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated t

PHOTO: The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center is one of 35 such centers to receive a total of $3,448,106 in federal money to reach out to and enroll uninsured and under-insured Commonwealth residents.

BOSTON - The federal government is giving 35 community health centers in the Commonwealth a total of more than $3.4 million to better reach uninsured or under-insured Bay Staters. Nearly 20 percent of patients using the centers last year were without health insurance. The U.S. Department of Health

PHOTO: All across the nation the rising health care costs is a challenge for many.

BOSTON - Happy Birthday, Medicare! On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the bill providing low-cost hospitalization and medical insurance for America's seniors. You'd have to look hard to find a more ardent supporter of Medicare than 81-year-old John Bennett, a retired educator living

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