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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: Poverty Issues

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, covers 196,231 Arizonans. (Pixabay)

PHOENIX – The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect nearly one in three Arizonans. That includes the 196,000 who buy health insurance on the marketplace, as well as the nearly 2 million people on Medicaid. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Child

Senior advocates are launching a campaign against proposals to voucherize Medicare.(Liljoel/Morguefile)

PHOENIX -- Senior advocates in the Grand Canyon State are speaking out against proposals in Congress to replace Medicare with a voucher system. AARP Arizona is part of a national campaign, launched this week, opposing Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to provide seniors with a fixed monthly subsidy with wh

The federal government rejected key parts of Gov. Doug Ducey's Medicaid reforms, while leaving in place Health Savings Accounts for Arizona families. (dmarshall/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Advocates for Arizona families are giving mixed reviews to a decision by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The federal agency has rejected key parts of Gov. Doug Ducey's requests to change the medical system for low-income families in Arizona. The governor wanted the A

A new report says fees and fines in the juvenile-justice system only perpetuate poverty.(markrhiggins/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Fees and fines within the juvenile-justice system place an unfair burden on low-income families, according to a new report. In some states, the Juvenile Law Center report found, because of failure to pay, young offenders miss out on diversion programs that would allow them to remain at ho

The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona says the state has seen an 87 percent increase in the number of children entering the foster-care system. (wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - It's getting tougher to be a kid in Arizona, according to a new report. The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona shows that more children are living in poverty, family incomes are dropping and the number of kids in foster care continues to rise. The data, published every two years by the

Consumer advocates say higher rates granted to UniSource Energy could make paying electric bills difficult for many low- and fixed-income customers. (michaeljung/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission approved both a significant rate hike and a 50 percent increase in the mandatory monthly "basic service charge” fee for UniSource Energy's 95,000 Arizona customers last week. Consumer advocates are concerned about how the new, higher electric

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

The reinstated KidsCare program provides health insurance at low or no cost to as many as 30,000 Arizona children. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona's KidsCare health insurance program, reinstated earlier this year, is taking applications starting today for coverage that begins September 1st. The program is designed to provide health care coverage for children in families that make too much for Medicaid, also called AHCCCS, bu

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