PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - NM: Health Issues

New Mexico health officials hope unwanted pregnancies can be reduced by allowing pharmacists to provide birth control prescriptions. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Individual training begins next week for New Mexico pharmacists who want to prescribe and provide birth control to women. The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy approved the new rule last year allowing pharmacists who complete nine hours of training to provide the service. Laur

In New Mexico, 145,000 residents live within a half mile of active oil and gas wells. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new comment period will begin soon on the Interior Department's decision to replace an Obama-era regulation designed to restrict harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. The Obama administration regulation was set to take effect on Jan. 17

New Mexico legislators are reviewing a new report on the state's dismal well-being of children as they start the 2018 lawmaking session. (

SANTA FE, N.M. – The well-being of New Mexico children lags dramatically behind other states, and a new report says the only thing that will fix the problem is policy changes by state lawmakers. According to the latest report from Voices for Children, New Mexico has the highest overall child

Brush up on hand-washing hygiene. The flu season isn't even half over, but New Mexico is reporting more influenza cases and deaths than last year. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The flu season is weeks away from its annual peak and already cases of reported influenza in New Mexico are double what they were at this time last year. The state has reported six flu-related deaths this season and 12 outbreaks – meaning high numbers of cases in a

Are kids' video games a gateway to compulsive gambling in adulthood? A New Mexico study aims to find out. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A study is under way to determine the extent of problem gambling in New Mexico, and whether more young people are being drawn in because today's casino games are increasingly likely to resemble video games. Rebecca Beardsley, president of the Responsible Gaming Association of

According to one study, mobile media device use has tripled among young children aged 5 to 16 in the past six years. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – If your kids are falling asleep watching TV or with cell a phone tucked under the covers they're likely going to bed later and getting much less sleep than kids without access to electronic devices. Monique LeBourgeois, the associate professor of the Dept. of Integrative

New Mexico's Sandoval County Commissioners will face tough opposition when they meet Nov. 16 to pass an ordinance on oil and gas drilling. (

BERNALILLO, N.M. - Opponents of an ordinance to allow more oil and gas drilling in Sandoval County say amendments are needed to strengthen the permitting process and protect the area's drinking water. The county commissioners will meet November 16 to review an ordinance that would grant the county

New Mexico's 250,000 residents eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act marketplace will most likely face rising premiums when enrollment for 2018 opens next Wednesday.  (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico residents who get their health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" might pay more attention to the deadlines approaching for 2018 enrollment - and less attention to rhetoric from politicians. Veronica Reyes, outreach manager for the stat

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