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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - AZ: Budget Policy & Priorities

A video still from January 2017 shows a Border Patrol agent removing a blanket left for migrants. (No More Deaths)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents have been caught on video dumping out water and confiscating blankets left in the desert by aid workers, according to a report just out from the humanitarian group No More Deaths. The group put out almost 32,000 gallons of water from 2012 through 2015 and

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

Nationwide protests this week aim to convince the Federal Communications Commission to keep net neutrality rules in place. (Max Kohler/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Protesters are gathering in Phoenix, Tempe, Surprise and Tucson Wednesday to support a free and open Internet as part of 600 events nationwide to protect net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote Dec. 14 on whether to lift rules that keep Internet service

Despite the recovery, Arizona school budgets are still 19 percent below pre-Recession levels. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – The Arizona education budget is $1.1 billion lower than before the Recession - and new policy brief says Gov. Doug Ducey's plan to raise revenues by growing the economy simply won't suffice. Arizona has cut taxes year after year - and then slashed school budgets to the bone during th

Crews are thinning trees in Chimney Springs, in the Kaibab National Forest near Flagstaff. (Steve Horner)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The West has millions of acres of forested lands choked with small trees that could fuel the next massive wildfire. But now Arizona's getting some help from an innovative new program. The Future Forests program aims to make clearing extra logs more cost-effective. Pat Grah

The National Association of Social Workers has asked the Trump administration to declare gun violence a national health emergency on par with the opioid crisis. (Rich Legg/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of social workers will gather in Phoenix this Friday to tackle some of the toughest ethical and political issues facing society - from mass shootings to health care, child abuse and drug addiction. There are about 10,000 social workers in the state working to address behavioral

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

The SHARE Act, which deregulates silencers and armor-piercing bullets, is the subject of a hearing Wednesday in Washington. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A bill that would remove restrictions on gun silencers and armor piercing bullets is expected to get a vote Wednesday in the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The SHARE Act was intended to increase access for hunters on federal land, but recently was

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