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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - NM: Health Issues

Part of the burden of New Mexico's budget problems could fall to Medicaid patients unless solutions are agreed on in the State Legislature. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The state budget deficit has the New Mexico Human Services Department trying to implement new fees for people who rely on Medicaid for their health care. A sharp reduction in federal matching funds is the primary reason for the shortfall that's causing anxiety, both for heal

A push to expand compensation for more New Mexicans affected by radiation exposure from mining and nuclear testing is under way. (Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A rally held this week in the state Capitol Rotunda has brought new attention to the needs of New Mexico residents who have been exposed to health hazards from uranium mining and nuclear testing in past decades. New Mexico lawmakers are being asked to support amendments to the Radi

New Mexico has made progress getting more children insured, but poverty rates remain high, according to a new report. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. – Children in New Mexico struggle against endemic poverty, but there are some positive signs, according to the KidsCount 2016 Databook being released today. The report says 141,000 New Mexico children live in poverty. That is 29 percent of kids statewide, a figure that has got

Nuclear watchdogs are criticizing the reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM. (Wikimedia Commons)

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Nuclear watchdog groups are criticizing the decision to reopen the underground storage areas of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, also known as WIPP, which closed after an accidental release of radioactive particles in February of 2014. In that incident, a drum of n

Bernalillo County passed a resolution supporting a proposed federal rule to limit waste of methane gas. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bernalillo County has become the fifth New Mexico county to support a proposed rule from the Bureau of Land Management that would limit the flaring, venting or leaking of excess methane from oil and gas facilities. The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 on

Cuts to education are among those on the table to help close a $600 million budget deficit in the current special session of the New Mexico Legislature. (dhester/Morguefile)

SANTA FE, N. M. – Progressive leaders in the New Mexico Legislature are calling for compromise during the special budget session, trying to spare education and social services from deeper cuts. State lawmakers must close a $600 million budget shortfall caused by a drop in oil and gas revenue.

Healthcare providers and advocates for children and low-income families are speaking out against possible cuts to Medicaid.(Pamela Moore/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. - Health care providers and advocates for children and low-income families are speaking out against any further cuts to Medicaid in advance of the special session on the budget that Governor Susana Martinez is expected to convene shortly. Legislators are facing a projected shortfall o

The species of mosquito that can carry the Zika virus has been found in Sierra County for the first time. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N. M. - For the first time, authorities have trapped and identified the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus in Sierra County, where the county seat is Truth or Consequences. This summer, the New Mexico Department of Health, along with New Mexico State University, ha

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