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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Archive: December 27, 2017

In 2016 63,600 Americans died of drug overdoses, a 21 percent increase over 2015. (rebcenter-moscow/Pixabay)

CONCORD, N.H. – Drug overdose deaths are increasing rapidly in the United States, and New Hampshire is near top of the list. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide in 2016, a 21 percent increase over 2015. A ...Read More

The updated Minnesota Protocol is also known as The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. (Falcon Photography)

MINNEAPOLIS – A nonprofit group in Minnesota has written – and most recently, helped revise – guidelines to protect human rights. Those guidelines are known as the Minnesota Protocol, although they are better known and more widely used outside the state. The guidelines were dev ...Read More

Supporters say public funds could be leveraged to bring needed investment in grocery stores for Virginia communities that need them. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters say a state grocery store investment fund to be considered by lawmakers would help Virginia communities without easy access to fresh food. The fund is designed to make investment capital cheaper and easier to get for companies that want to run grocery stores in wha ...Read More

The belief in discrimination against white people has grown since Barack Obama was elected president, according to researchers. (LifeAsArt/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The number of white Americans who believe they face discrimination is on the rise, raising the question of how this might affect the country. According to a recent poll, 55 percent of white Americans believe their group experiences racial discrimination. Clara Wilkins, an assista ...Read More

California petitioned Congress to be able to implement new, more efficient light-bulb standards two years before the rest of the country. (Alvimann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Light bulb! Here's an idea – experts say Californians can save money and energy by choosing Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. And starting Jan. 1, the incandescent bulbs that have been around since Edison's time will be illegal to man ...Read More

A volunteer assists a mother and daughter in signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – With the help of a coalition of consumer and faith-based groups, 1.1 million Texans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018. The Cover Texas Now coalition stepped in after the Trump administration eliminated most of the funds for signup assi ...Read More

Out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, dentures, hearing aids and more are counted as deductible medical expenses for seniors and people with disabilities in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Nearly one in five senior citizens in Colorado is turning a portion of his or her medical expenses into extra groceries. Jack Regenbogen, an attorney and policy advocate with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, points to new data that shows one year after the state rolled out a ...Read More

Statistics show that the Arizona economy improved markedly after the minimum wage hike last January. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Millions of Arizonans are getting a bump in pay starting Monday – when the minimum wage goes up from $10 to $10.50 an hour. Voters passed Proposition 206 in 2016, so the minimum wage jumped from $8.05 to $10 last January. Tomas Robles, co-executive director of the gr ...Read More

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