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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; Majority Leader McConnell busy trying to quickly revise the Senate health care bill; a new report says the GOP’s plans would leave a half a million veterans uninsured; and we take you to a Tennessee Kurdish community that’s getting relief from deportations.

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Public News Service - NY: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime has a proven track record of success. (Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Drug policy should be based on facts, not fear. That's one of the messages scientists, academics and their allies will be taking to the nation's capital this Saturday. Responding to the rise of "alternative facts," the National March for Science is being promoted as a call for policymake

Moms United believes the war on drugs, attacks on immigrants and on the poor all are interconnected. (A New PATH)

NEW YORK - As 2016 draws to a close, one organization has issued a set of New Year's resolutions calling on mothers everywhere to preserve advances in human rights. Moms United to End the War on Drugs was founded seven years ago to fight policies the group says destroy families and promote mass inc

In 2013, states with medical marijuana cut health-care spending by more than $165 million. (O'Dea/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK - A new study suggests that allowing the use of medical marijuana cuts down on prescription drug use. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, analyzed national Medicare data and found that prescriptions for all painkilling medications, including OxyContin, were 6 percent lower

Of the 20,000 New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession in 2015, 83 percent were black or Latino. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Near the close of the legislative session, a bill to seal court records on thousands of marijuana-possession arrests cleared the state Assembly. Possession of marijuana for personal use was decriminalized in New York in 1977. In the past 20 years, however, more than 700,000 New York

In New York dispensaries, medical marijuana will only be available as capsules, liquid or oil. (Aney/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in New York state next week, but patients may still be waiting to get access. The Compassionate Care Act, signed into law in July of last year, set Jan. 5, 2016 as a target date for up to 20 dispensaries to open statewide. But Julie Netherland o

New York lawmakers hope a multi-state prescription monitoring program will help the state combat its opioid abuse epidemic. (Bob Smith/freeimages.com)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - In an effort to further crack down on prescription drug abuse, New York is joining 39 other states in a massive prescription data-sharing network. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said pharmacists and prescribers can share information from their state's Prescription Monitoring Programs and e

Methadone and Suboxone are used to treat heroin addiction. Credit: Jr de Barbosa/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that expands access to medical treatment for drug addiction. The law amends state criminal procedure law to ensure that defendants and parolees are not penalized for using medically prescribed drugs to treat addiction while under a doctor's care. Acco

A campaign by New York state and local law enforcement officials targets impaired drivers for the Labor Day weekend. Credit: Earl Estrera/freeimages.com

NEW YORK - State and local police departments in New York are cracking down on impaired drivers for the Labor Day weekend. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is part of a national effort to reduce accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Richard Mallow is executive direct

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