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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter; also on our nationwide rundown; a 24 hour hotline "reignited" to support immigrants; plus a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River from Troy all the way down to New York City.

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Public News Service - AZ: Health Issues

A bill to give family caregivers a tax credit has passed the two committees in the state House of Representatives, but has yet to get a floor vote. (AARP)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans are caregivers for an older relative, and senior groups are pushing state legislators for passage of a bill to give them a tax credit. House Bill 2087 would give people who spend at least $2,000 on aids such as adding a ramp to the home – a credit o

Many activists believe the flooding in Houston was worsened by climate change, and oppose the nomination of climate skeptic Kathleen Hartnett White to the federal Council on Environmental Quality. (Crap Mariner/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX -- Leaders in Arizona's Latino community are speaking out against President Donald Trump's presumptive nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality. Critics say Kathleen Hartnett White's record and positions make her a poor choice to head the agency that advises the White House on

A new poll shows 79 percent of caregivers would appreciate someone to talk to during the holidays and 73 percent would like help with holiday tasks. (AARP)

PHOENIX – A new poll shows almost 70 percent of people caring for a loved one deal with emotional stress over the holidays, and experts at AARP have a few tips to improve the situation. The poll shows that 85 percent of caregivers had to scale back their plans, such as only going to some of

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Canyon Uranium Mine near Grand Canyon National Park can proceed without updating its 1986 permit, but also upheld the 2012 ban on new mines. (Bret Fanshaw/Environment America)

PHOENIX – Environmental groups and Native American tribes fighting uranium mining on the rim of the Grand Canyon are praising a federal court's decision on Tuesday to uphold a 20-year ban on new mines, while acknowledging that the area still is at great risk. A panel of judges on the 9th Cir

An extra 40 minutes a day spent outdoors can made a difference in reducing a child’s risk of becoming nearsighted. (US Fis & Wildlife Service/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Telling little ones to "go play outside" isn't just good for a parent's sanity – time spent in the daylight is also beneficial for children's sight. About 5 percent of school age children in the U.S. have myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition the World Health Organization s

Multiple health insurance sign-up events are planned during the 45-day enrollment period. (AZ PIRG Education Fund)

PHOENIX – The annual enrollment period for the federal health insurance marketplace – Healthcare.gov – starts Wednesday. It lasts until Dec. 15, and to get help you can go to CoverAZ.org/connector. There you can make a free appointment with a navigator who will help you find ou

Senior advocates say the now-defunct Graham-Cassidy bill would have limited access for some to nursing-home care. (Reknown Health)

PHOENIX - Arizona senior advocates are breathing a sigh of relief now that the latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare has been withdrawn, lacking the necessary number of votes in support of the bill. Its authors pulled the Graham-Cassidy bill on Tuesday, a day before the planned vote. The bill propo

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PHOENIX – The fight to save the Affordable Care Act is far from over, according to those who are part of a bus tour making a stop in Phoenix today and Tucson tomorrow. "Drive For Our Lives" is part of an 18-city nationwide tour that started last weekend with a day of action known as "Our Liv

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