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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - PA: Health Issues

Under the new bill, a 40-year-old who had breast cancer would pay $32,740 a year more for insurance, analysts say. (Rhoda Baer/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts say a new proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would dramatically raise costs for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. A new amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey is being touted as a compromise between moderate and far-right Repub

Selenium from pollution released by the Brunner Island coal plant might explain tumors and lesions found on smallmouth bass in local waterways, environmental activists say. (Maxpixel)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental groups want Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to reconsider its draft water pollution permit for the Brunner Island coal-fired power plant. The latest draft permit, released Friday, would delay the plant's deadline to comply with disc

Hospitals must tell caregivers about discharge plans and give training for home care. (agilemktg1/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Family caregivers in Pennsylvania now can get critical assistance from hospitals to help loved ones who have medical needs stay at home. The CARE Act, signed into law a year ago, is now in effect. According to Estella Hyde, lead volunteer for AARP of Pennsylvania, for the

About 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within half a mile of gas and oil infrastructure. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state's ability to protect its citizens from pollution. Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that ar

The Mariner East II pipeline route runs more than 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties. (gokul/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups are going ahead with their challenge to permits for the Mariner East II pipelines, despite the denial of their petition to halt construction. The pipelines, being built by Sunoco, will carry highly flammable, natural-gas liquids at high pressure for 300 miles a

Children with serious illness or accidents could exceed the individual cap on Medicaid proposed as part of the new federal healthcare legislation. (Bill Branson/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Some children's advocates are saying the bill introduced in Congress as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act would be bad for kids in Pennsylvania. The American Health Care Act would put a cap per person on Medicaid spending, and set a maximum amount available for indivi

Reining in the cost of prescription drugs is one way to reduce Medicare costs, according to AARP. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Switching Medicare to a voucher system would put health care out of reach for many Pennsylvania seniors, according AARP and other advocates for seniors. Some members of Congress have proposed replacing Medicare's guaranteed benefits with a voucher system to reduce costs, gi

Methane leaks can occur at every step, from the well to the consumer. (Tim Evanson/flickr.com)

PITTSBURGH – Forty-thousand doctors, nurses and public-health professionals have asked the oil and gas industry to stop opposing policies to reduce methane emissions. In an open letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry lobbying group, the health advocates point out that opposing

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