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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Protestors from Arizona joined a large group that disrupted the last day of the legislative session in Austin, Texas, on Monday, to oppose a bill similar to SB 1070. (Promise Arizona)

PHOENIX – The specter of SB 1070 is back - this time in Texas - and about a thousand people, including dozens from Arizona, rallied at the Texas Legislature in Austin to protest the new law. Senate Bill 4, signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott a few weeks ago, declares sanctuary cities ill

Long lings plagued Maricopa County during the 2016 primary election, spurring legislators to propose the Voting Access Act. (Roibu/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX — Lawmakers in the U.S. House reintroduced a bill on Wednesday mandating that no voter should have to wait in line for more than an hour to cast a ballot. The Voting Access Act would establish standards for staffing and placement of polling locations - to prevent nightmare scenarios

The deadline arrives Thursday for the Senate to uphold or repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule. (Chris Jordan Bloch/Earthjustice)

NAVAJO NATION -- A vote on whether to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule could come in the U.S. Senate in the next few days, and tribal leaders are stepping up to support the rule. The Methane Waste Rule requires oil and gas companies to install equipment to capture methane

Progressive groups, labor activists and immigrants' rights groups will be protesting today in observance of May Day. (PDA)

PHOENIX -- Today is May Day, also known as International Worker's Day, a celebration of labor rights that has evolved in recent years into a day to also honor the contributions of immigrants. The group Puente Arizona will be leading a rally at 4 p.m. at the Statehouse Complex against the immigrati

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

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

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona State Senate is expected to begin work this week on a series of bills that would have Arizona join the call for a Constitutional Convention. The Arizona House already passed legislation to hold a convention, specifically to consider a balanced budget amendment. Now 30 s

Congresswoman Martha McSally speaking at a town hall in Sahuarita, Arizona on February 23. (Dennis Newman/PNS)

SAHUARITA, Ariz. -- Just two weeks after dismissing town halls as "political theatre," Congresswoman Martha McSally met face to face with voters from her swing district in Southern Arizona. In a meeting that was polite and boisterous, Southern Arizona voters finally got the chance to hear from Rep

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