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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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A new poll shows 67 percent of Arizonans oppose legislation to limit judgments in medical malpractice cases. (Pixabay)

PHOENIX – More than two-thirds of Arizonans reject a bill proposed in Congress to make it much harder to sue for medical malpractice, according to a new poll. The survey by Public Policy Polling says voters overwhelmingly disapprove of HR 1215, which would preempt state malpractice laws. Lin

Ratepayers can weigh in on a proposed increase on their APS electricity bill at a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix. (Xandert/Morguefile)

PHOENIX – Public hearings resume Wednesday in Phoenix on the proposed Arizona Public Service (APS) electricity rate settlement agreement, which could tack $13 a month onto customers' bills. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) can either accept, modify or reject the agreement in a few mon

The Yuma Desalting Plant during a pilot run in 2010. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma is 75 miles away from the nearest sea, which makes it an unlikely spot to find a water desalinization plant. But in 1992, the Yuma Desalting Plant went online to remove salt from agricultural runoff, and increase the supply of fresh water in the Colorado River. Severe fl

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

AARP predicts changes to Medicaid under the proposed American Health Care Act would force older Arizonans into nursing homes sooner than necessary. (Pixabay)<br />

PHOENIX – Arizona may hold a precarious place in the new health care system proposed by House Republicans. The reasons are the state's aging population and higher than average insurance costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundations says for most Arizonans, the tax credi

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

Conservation groups oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, concerned he will roll back protections for places such as Kaibab National Forest.(Michele Vacchiano/iStock)

PHOENIX – For the first time in its 94-year history, the Arizona Wildlife Federation is taking a stand against a president's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. President Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become EPA administrator. Brad Powel

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