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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - AZ: Poverty Issues

Financial barriers can prevent parents from scheduling a follow-up eye exam after a vision screening detects a problem with their child's eyesight. (Joe Whited/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Eyes are windows for learning, and when children can't see well, their education can suffer. Benita Loy, health services coordinator for the Washington Elementary School District, says the earlier a sight problem is detected, the better. But only about 27 percent of Arizona child

New rules forcing payday lenders to verify a borrower's ability to repay take effect in July 2019. (Kelly Griffith/Center for Economic Integrity)

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are praising a new rule issued on Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It requires payday lenders to start requires payday lenders to start verifying a borrower's ability to repay before rolling it over into a new loan. The rule aims to prevent a

An estimated 14 percent of Arizona students in grades K through 12 were chronically absent in 2014. <br />(Max Klingensmith/Flickr)

PHOENIX – School is back in full swing in Arizona, and there's work underway to ensure children are not missing out on the opportunity to learn. September is Attendance Awareness Month, and educators say it's never too early to build a healthy habit of getting to school on time each and ever

Experts say services to help the elderly stay in their homes would likely be cut if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed without a replacement. (AARP)

PHOENIX -- Repealing Obamacare without a replacement would be a disaster for Arizona families and the health care system according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report showed that either a total repeal or a revival of the Republican health care bill would put

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

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