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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2017 


Featured on our nationwide rundown; President Trump’s reported comments to a grieving military widow raising some eyebrows; we’ve got a breakdown on the impact of “Trumpcare” in states like Colorado; and a look back 50 years at Dow Chemical protests that turned violent in Wisconsin.

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Public News Service - WI: Mental Health

With back-to-school time just around the corner for Wisconsin kids, an expert on child behavior says some anxiety is normal. (Mario Villafuente/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - The start of another school year, just a couple weeks away, can trigger some anxiety among younger students, but there are things you can do to help minimize your child's concerns. Dr. Marcia Slattery, director of the UW Health Anxiety Disorder Program, said you'll likely notice tha

The authors of a new bill, Wisconsin legislators from both parties, say their goal is to pave the way for returning veterans to succeed. (leekins/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – A brand new piece of legislation, known as the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017, has just been introduced, seeking to help returning veterans interested in production agriculture get a start. The authors of the bill include two Democrats and two Republicans, who say everyo

Mental health professionals say people can be stressed out by the toxic political atmosphere. (xavigm/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – The United States is experiencing a wide political divide and Wisconsin is one of the most politically divided states in the nation. On the national scene, the long presidential campaign, so-called alternative facts and constant political wrangling now are part of the daily n

Shilagh Mirgain, a senior psychologist with UW-Health, says there are ways to beat stress before it beats you. (UW-Health)

MADISON, Wis. – Regular bouts of anxiety can really do a number on your overall health, experts say, and persistent stress can lead to heart problems, risk of disease and changes in the brain. Medical experts say workplace stress results in billions of dollars in health care costs every year

Prisons, such as the Racine Correctional Institute, have been a growth industry in Wisconsin, which now spends more tax dollars on correction than on education. Credit: Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

MADISON, Wis. - A new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project suggests the state is spending too much on corrections, which is a drag on the economy and causes harm to the state's communities by splitting up families. Tamarine Cornelius, a budget analyst for the group, says Wisconsin's annual c

UW-Madison police say allowing firearms at Camp Randall Stadium would be a security nightmare. Courtesy: UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. – A bill to allow students to carry firearms at Wisconsin's technical colleges and University of Wisconsin System schools is being circulated at the capitol. Right now, those institutions are allowed to ban weapons inside campus buildings. The Republican sponsors of the bill

Dr. Sharon Hirsch, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, says untreated depression takes a significant personal toll and has a huge economic impact. Credit: Dr. Sharon Hirsch

MADISON, Wis. - Thursday is National Depression Screening Day, a day to bring awareness of the illness and emphasize that depression can be treated. According to the World Health Organization, 3,000 people a day commit suicide. People should intervene when they believe a family member or loved one

A Wisconsin criminal defense attorney applauds what he calls a trend in Wisconsin and many other states away from using solitary confinement with inmates. Credit: Paul Fleet/iStockPhoto.com

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Imagine being in a 6-by-10 foot cell with concrete walls, little if any natural light, with minimal human contact for nearly 24 hours a day. That's what the Wisconsin Department of Corrections calls restrictive housing, commonly known as solitary confinement. Criminal Defense At

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