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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Backers of the KidsCare program rally in front of the State Capitol in April. The Arizona Legislature failed to renew the program. (Children's Action Alliance)

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature has failed to renew the KidsCare program, leaving more than 30,000 of the state's poorest children without access to basic health care. Even though the federal government would have paid for the program through at least 2017, Republican leaders blocked it, s

A new report says dozens of immigrants have died because of substandard medical care at ICE's Eloy Detention Center in Arizona and in other locations. (OpenSocietyFoundations.org)

PHOENIX - A new report says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are turning a blind eye to substandard medical care in the agency's immigration detention facilities, resulting in unnecessary deaths. The study by a coalition of advocacy groups singled out the Eloy Detention Center in

A task force will spend the next year identifying the number of untested rape kits in Arizona police evidence rooms. (puravida/morguefile)

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey has named a task force to identify the number of untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits, also known as rape kits, sitting in law enforcement evidence rooms across Arizona. In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Ducey charged the panel with counting the kits and

Wednesday's Powerball drawing could be worth $1.5 billion or more, but experts are concerned that many people may spend too much money buying lottery tickets when they can't afford them. (MRichardson)

PHOENIX - With the Powerball lottery payout reaching $1.5 billion as of late Tuesday, there is concern that many people could be spending beyond their means to buy lottery tickets. Just in the last week, Lottery officials say Arizona residents spent more than $30 million on the Powerball game in h

Some Arizona health insurance customers will have to find new coverage, since Meritus Health Partners will not issue or renew policies for 2016. Courtesy: Healthcare.gov

PHOENIX - Arizonans who have health insurance through Meritus Health Partners have just a few weeks left to enroll with a new carrier. The Arizona Department of Insurance determined in October that the nonprofit health cooperative doesn't have the resources to continue operating in 2016. Meritus ha

This portrait of caregiver Frank Ballasteros of Tucson and his Aunt Lupe was given to them as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Credit: AARP Arizona

PEORIA, Ariz. - More than half of Arizonans over age 45 are either caring for a family member or have done so in the past. That's one of the findings of a new telephone survey by AARP Arizona in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy says of the 1

Pets are proven to improve their owner's health. Credit: Arizona Humane Society

MESA, Az. - Statistics show pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rates. So this weekend the the AARP and the Arizona Humane Society are teaming up let pet owners show their animals some love. The groups are co-hosting a "Paws for Your Pets" event in Mesa on Saturday. Cynthia

Experts from around the country are in Phoenix to talk about juvenile justice reform. Credit: jodylehigh/pixabay.com

PHOENIX - You don't have to lock kids up to reduce juvenile crime. It's a change in thinking that's spread across the country with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, referred to as JDAI. Professionals who work with young people are in Phoenix this week to discuss the successes of the

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