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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 goups oppose Congress’ second try at health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - WV: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Studies suggest medical marijuana may reduce the use, and abuse, of opioid prescriptions, which has been a serious problem in West Virginia. (Cannabis Training University/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Medical marijuana may reduce opioid painkiller use and abuse, three separate studies suggest. Tara Holmes studied the issue this summer for the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy. She said one of the studies that noted the clear benefits of medical marijuana was t

Jim Justice, the Democratic Party candidate for West Virginia governor, says the state has no choice but to find the money to pay for more drug treatment. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Billionaire and gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice is forcefully calling for more drug treatment. But he's vague on how West Virginia could pay for more treatment centers. West Virginia is battling a big budget deficit while, as Justice puts it, opioid addiction has the

Faced with a government shutdown, many in the GOP-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates, including Speaker Tim Armstead, reluctantly voted to raise tobacco taxes. (Perry Bennett/W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The House of Delegates has approved raising the state tobacco tax, removing the big obstacle to resolving West Virginia's budget standoff. The House voted to raise cigarette taxes by 65 cents a pack, then passed a budget that relies on the $100 million in new revenue. During

Backed by extensive new research and a compelling personal story, Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes to Charleston with big news about public health. (Courtesy of Jackson)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – To improve public health, count the ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences. That's the message coming to a social workers' conference in Charleston. Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes backed with a lot of new research and a compelling personal story.

One in 10 West Virginia children has the traumatic experience of having a parent incarcerated at some point during their youth. (iStock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - About one in 10 West Virginia children has to grow up with a parent behind bars at some point. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that can hurt them for life. The report, called "A Shared Sentence," says 34,000 West Virginia children will have had

Critics say a bill before the West Virginia Legislature to require drug testing of some welfare recipients won't produce the results supporters say it will. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Critics say requiring West Virginia welfare recipients to pass drug tests won't produce the results supporters say they will - but a bill to do just that is before the Legislature. Senate Bill 6 could require drug testing for some new Temporary Assistance to Needy Families clien

Anti-smoking groups say evidence shows tobacco tax increases don't chase sales out of state.(WalletHub)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In spite of industry arguments, anti-smoking groups say the evidence shows a sharp boost in the state's tobacco tax won't drive sales out of the state. West Virginia's cigarette tax is more than $1 a pack under the national average. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to raise that 45 c

Congress is looking at prescription monitoring for Medicare because studies are showing a large number of the program's patients are taking dangerous levels of opioids. Graphic: The Pew Charitable Trusts.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congress is considering giving Medicare the power to monitor for excess use of pain medicines. Currently Medicare part D administrators don't have the authority to watch for signs that a patient might be intentionally or accidentally abusing opioids. But Cynthia Reilly,

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