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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - AZ: Rural/Farming

Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in Arizona and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry condition. (toa55/iStockphoto)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizonans recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Arizo

The state of Arizona says the fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are safe to eat, removing a decades-old consumption advisory. Credit: Apollob66/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – For the first time in decades, fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are now safe to eat. That's according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which lifted a fish consumption advisory that had been in place for 24 years, mainly because farmers phased out toxic p

The fate of free-roaming horses on Arizona public lands could be decided with the release of two government studies expected soon. Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. - Some refer to them as "wild horses" and others as "unauthorized livestock" but one thing is certain, the fate of the free-roaming horses referred to as "The Heber Horses" could be decided soon. The U.S. Forest Service has two studies in progress regarding how to manage the

PHOTO: Lake Mead is at its lowest level in history again this summer. A ProPublica investigation probes some of the political and policy reasons that may be exacerbating the drought. Photo credit: Alicia Burtner, U.S. Geological Survey

PHOENIX - The investigative journalism group ProPublica has been taking an in-depth look at the water crisis in the West, in a series that is focused on the Colorado River. As part of the series Killing the Colorado, reporter Abrahm Lustgarten spent months interviewing people on all sides of the wa

PHOTO: The Internet in Arizona and across the nation will be regulated as a utility if the FCC votes Thursday in support of proposed rules. Photo courtesy Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services.

PHOENIX - A vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday could affect the Internet in Arizona and across the nation. The five-member commission is considering rules that could regulate the Internet as a utility. Speaking earlier this month at the University of Colorado at Boulder, F

PHOTO: Some farmers and ranchers in Arizona and other drought-ravaged western states are eligible for emergency government loans linked to the USDA declaring 256 counties as natural disaster areas. Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX - It may only be February, but several drought-ravaged counties in Arizona and other Western states already are under a "primary natural disaster declaration." Val Dolcini, administrator for the Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, says the action opens up financial assista

PHOTO: Tom Wheeler (center), chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is seeking to regulate the Internet as a utility in order to ensure

PHOENIX - Internet use in Arizona and across the nation may soon be regulated as a utility. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler announced Wednesday he will seek to have the Internet regulated under Title II of the Communications Act. Whitney Kimball Coe, program associate

PHOTO: Ensuring that the Colorado River has enough water to support millions of people in Arizona and throughout the Southwest is the focus of a study from the nonprofit group American Rivers. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

PHOENIX – Water conservation and reuse are being urged in a study that makes recommendations about addressing the Colorado River drought, which threatens the future well-being of Arizona and six other Western states. Matt Rice is director of the Colorado Basin Program with the environmental

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