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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - AZ: Women's Issues

Deedra Abboud, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, emphasizes issues such as affordable child care, education, health care, wage equality and social unity. (Abboud 2018)

PHOENIX – On Monday, Deedra Abboud, an immigration attorney from Phoenix, became the first Democrat to enter the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate in a bid to unseat incumbent Republican Jeff Flake. Abboud also makes a bit of history by becoming the first Muslim-American in Arizona to run for high

A group of doctors and clinics is in court, challenging a new Arizona law that could strip abortion providers of Medicaid funds. (kingwu/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX — Abortion providers in Arizona are facing a deadline this week to block a law requiring them to account separately for every dollar spent on abortions or be stripped of Medicaid funding. Doctors and clinics are fighting the law in court, calling it yet another attempt by the Arizona

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down key parts of Texas' abortion law, similar measures in other states may be repealed by legislatures or challenged in courts. (Kagenmi/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Even though a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down several key abortion regulations in Texas, similar laws in Arizona and other states remain in force. According to a Guttmacher Institute study, almost half of the 50 states still have Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Provid

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years

The Arizona Legislature, currently meeting in the state Capitol, is close to approving a bill that would make it easier to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. (DustyPixel/iStock)

PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature is close to final passage of a bill designed to make it easier to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. The measure, which places draconian regulations on any clinic that provides abortions, has passed the House and needs

A WalletHub survey ranks Arizona residents 29th in the country in terms of their financial literacy. (iStock)

PHOENIX - A survey of financial literacy shows Arizona residents need to improve their understanding how to manage their money. The state ranks 29th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its residents' money-management skills, according to information from the online survey company

Public health officials say the Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos. (Wikimedia Commons)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Public health officials say they have not had any reported cases of the Zika virus in Arizona, but officials with the state Department of Health say the disease is rampant in Latin America, and there's concern the virus could quickly spread north. Heidi Brown, an epidemiologist at

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

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