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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - AZ: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

A new report says lighting up costs the average New Mexico smoker more than $30,000 a year. (Alvimann/morguefile)

PHOENIX - We all know smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit, but have you ever thought about just how much money it costs a person over their lifetime? New research compiled by the online survey company WalletHub determined the average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is between

Today is National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk driving. CreditL:Ansaharju/iStock

PHOENIX - Today is the National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk and drugged driving sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD. The Arizona chapter of MADD is holding events in Phoenix and Tucson today in honor of their 35th anniversary. The idea is to let people know t

PHOTO: Robin Williams was known during his life as a brilliant comedian and actor. Advocates for mental health say his tragic death could serve to bring greater understanding to the issues of mental illness. Photo credit: U-S Department of Defense.

PHOENIX - The suicide death of Robin Williams this week may serve as a powerful and tragic reminder for Arizonans and people everywhere that mental illness does not discriminate. Steve Schiro, chairman of the Arizona chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says Robin Williams' dea

PHOENIX - America's "War on Drugs" has cost government over a trillion dollars since it was started 40 years ago, but millions of Americans continue to buy and use illegal drugs. President Obama recently announced a new national policy to treat drug abuse more as a public health issue and less as a

PHOENIX - Another $300 million in cuts to K-12 education and social programs have been signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. The cuts were adopted by lawmakers during a weeklong special session to help deal with a $2 billion state budget deficit. Schools will lose money for new books, desks, comp

Safford, AZ – Yesterday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the 2003 strip search of a 13-year old eastern Arizona girl was unconstitutional could help provide schools with valuable guidance, according to some involved in the case. Savana Redding was searched after a classmate told school

Phoenix, AZ – Large cuts in the state budget aren't just affecting Arizona government agencies and state workers; there's a ripple effect also hitting private firms with state contracts. One example is Arizona-based Human Resource Training Incorporated, which contracts with the state to prov

Phoenix, AZ – Local community leaders across the state are calling on lawmakers and the governor to restore funding for critical human services. In a letter to Governor Brewer and all 90 lawmakers, volunteer board members from 60 non-profit agencies say recent budget cuts threaten their public

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