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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - AZ: Consumer Issues

Nationwide protests this week aim to convince the Federal Communications Commission to keep net neutrality rules in place. (Max Kohler/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Protesters are gathering in Phoenix, Tempe, Surprise and Tucson Wednesday to support a free and open Internet as part of 600 events nationwide to protect net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote Dec. 14 on whether to lift rules that keep Internet service

Frank Abagnale has spent decades fighting fraud and identity theft. He says the key to avoiding scams is to stop, take a moment and verify the source. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A famous former con man came to Phoenix last night, to give some free advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of fraud or identity theft. Frank Abagnale - who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "Catch Me If You Can" - spoke at an event sponsored by the AARP Fraud Watch

Multiple health insurance sign-up events are planned during the 45-day enrollment period. (AZ PIRG Education Fund)

PHOENIX – The annual enrollment period for the federal health insurance marketplace – Healthcare.gov – starts Wednesday. It lasts until Dec. 15, and to get help you can go to CoverAZ.org/connector. There you can make a free appointment with a navigator who will help you find ou

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

The SHARE Act, which deregulates silencers and armor-piercing bullets, is the subject of a hearing Wednesday in Washington. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A bill that would remove restrictions on gun silencers and armor piercing bullets is expected to get a vote Wednesday in the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The SHARE Act was intended to increase access for hunters on federal land, but recently was

Statistics show tailpipe pollution causes 53,000 early deaths a year in the United States. (Lutgradio/Morguefile)

PHOENIX — Clean air advocates are speaking out in the wake of a move by the Trump administration to roll back standards on clean cars and fuel efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and got an earful from groups concerned about ai

Critics say recent administration policy changes undermine transparency in pay rates and good faith in financial advising.(cohdra/morguefile)

PHOENIX -- Just a few days before Labor Day, the Trump administration has announced two policies that consumer advocates say hurt the average worker and favor Wall Street and big business. On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced it is delaying by 18 months enforcement of key parts of the Obam

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