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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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Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack, 26th in the nation, on a new scorecard for the availability and quality of long-term care services and supports. (AARP)

PHOENIX -- Arizona ranks 26th in the nation for providing quality long-term care services and supports for its older residents and those living with disabilities. It's a marked decline from 2014, when the state ranked 21st - and from 2011, when it ranked 15th in the nation. The findings come from a

Eighty percent of Medicaid recipients in the AHCCCS program are employed but do not receive health insurance through their jobs. (headz/iStock)

PHOENIX – If the American Health Care Act passes, and the Medicaid expansion is wiped out, not only would 400,000 Arizonans lose health insurance - another 62,000 would lose their jobs. Those startling statistics from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and ASU are the subject of

Conservation advocates say the San Pedro River may be endangered by a water bill passed this year, part of the reason most of the legislators received an F on the annual Sierra Club Environmental Report Card.(Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club's annual Environmental Report Card is out for 2017 – and Gov. Doug Ducey and most of the Republican majority in the Legislature get a failing grade. The report singles out a water bill that gives the advantage to livestock interests over tribes and public land

More than 55,000 Arizonans work in clean energy jobs, so renewable companies say they are moving forward despite federal backtracking on the Paris climate accord.(cleanenergy.org)

PHOENIX – Leaders in renewable energy are calling President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord misguided and are vowing to move forward anyway with climate friendly projects and policies. They argue that Arizona is the sunniest state in the nation and therefore

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., announced his support for the Paris climate accords, earning praise from conservation groups.(Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – As President Donald Trump nears a decision on whether to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is speaking out in favor of staying in. McCain made the comments while visiting Australia, which has seen a massive coral die-off in the Great Barrier Reef

Planned Parenthood suppporters listen at a health forum held Tuesday in Tucson. (Planned Parenthood of Arizona)

PHOENIX - Planned Parenthood is holding a series of health forums across Arizona this week to raise awareness about the attacks on the organization it says are tucked into the American Health Care Act as well as in the state and federal budgets. The group held a forum in Tucson on Tuesday, and has

National security experts say unrest in Syria was worsened by drought linked to climate change.(zabelin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX -- Experts on national security are condemning efforts by the Trump administration to reverse Obama-era climate change policy. Citing a desire to protect jobs in the coal industry, President Trump recently signed executive orders that start the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, wh

Voters rallied outside Rep. Martha McSally's office, urging the Tucson Democrat to vote against the American Health Care Act. (Dennis Newman)

TUCSON, Ariz. – On a blistering afternoon, more than 100 voters took to the sidewalks outside the office of Rep. Martha McSally, urging her to vote no on the GOP health care plan. The Southern Arizona Republican says she's still undecided. One of the voters calling on McSally to vote again

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