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Nation Apr 25Does the death penalty bring closure to a victim’s family?
The last time anyone saw Julie Heath alive was Oct. 3, 1993, when the 18-year-old set out to visit her boyfriend in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A week later, a hunter discovered Heath’s body, less than eight miles from where her…
Nation Apr 20Arkansas executes first person in 12 years
A week ago, Arkansas planned to execute seven men in 11 days. Ledell Lee was put to death late Thursday, and three more men are scheduled to be executed.
Nation Apr 18What’s next in the fight over Arkansas executions
The fight for Davis’ life escalated through a series of appeals and counter arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday. Without knowing if the court would offer an opinion, prison personnel preemptively served him his last meal.
Nation Apr 15Federal judge blocks executions in Arkansas
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge plans to appeal the federal judge’s decision, according to a statement from her office.
Health Apr 11Should you be screened for prostate cancer? Talk to your doctor, new guidelines say
Public comment on the new guidelines from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is open through May 8.
Nation Apr 035 important stories that don’t have anything to do with politics
before the latest chapter in the Russian investigation threatens to wrestle control of the 24-hour news cycle, here are five important stories that may not have shown up in your Facebook feed.
Health Mar 29Here’s what Trump’s new executive order means for opioid addiction
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will lead a commission designed to combat opioid addiction, part of Trump's plan to fight the crisis.
Health Mar 23Did Obamacare help or hurt you?
The PBS NewsHour asked people if they were concerned or encouraged by possible, future changes to the Affordable Care Act. More than 1,000 people responded from across the country -- from Maine to Missouri and California.
Health Mar 1324 million could lose insurance under GOP health care plan, new report says
The plan would cut federal spending by more than $337 billion between 2017 and 2026, according to budget office analysis.
Health Mar 13Concerned about health care reform? The PBS NewsHour wants to hear from you
Once again, the U.S. is gripped by a debate about how to transform the nation's health care system. PBS NewsHour wants to hear what matters most to you.