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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage, we get perspective from Utah; also on the rundown, a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

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Public News Service - CA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes more than $26 million for home visits by health-care workers. (Children's Action Alliance)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown's new $131.7 billion budget is earning praise from children's advocates because of the investments it makes in supporting health and combating poverty. The budget includes $26.7 million for a voluntary pilot program to send community health workers to visit s

Medicaid serves more than 74 million children, low-income adults, and people in nursing homes across the United States.(NACHC)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Some health experts are predicting the mother of all Medicaid and Medicare battles this year, as Republicans take a run at cutting social-service programs in order to reduce the deficit. The GOP failed twice to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, but succeeded in unde

Detractors fear the debt incurred by the GOP tax bill will lead to calls down the line for cuts in Social Security, Medicare and education. (noderog/iStockphotos)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Education experts are speaking out against the Republican tax plan that President Donald Trump is about to sign, saying it could lead to less money for schools and hurt working class families. The bill permanently slashes corporate taxes from 35 to 21 percent and is proj

Gas flares at a well in Bakersfield, Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two new lawsuits have been filed in federal court to stop the Trump administration from deep-sixing rules meant to reduce pollution, fight climate change and preserve public resources. A dozen conservation groups and the state attorneys general of California and New Mexi

Statistics show that the average State and Local Tax deduction for a California household is more than $18,000. (noderog/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The people who run many of California's counties are speaking out against the tax bill that is about to go up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. They say they’re worried it will eliminate important deductions and force local governments to cut services or raise taxes or fees

California has the largest number of kids enrolled in CHIP in the nation, at more than 1.9 million youngsters. (Children's Action Alliance)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It's been almost a month since Congress let funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program run out - and now, the State of California says the program known as CHIP will go broke at the end of December. The California Department of Healthcare Services says this unprec

A new report blames dry conditions linked to climate change for this fall's large fires and calls for more funding for prescribed burns. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The death toll has risen to 42 in the massive fires that raged through Santa Rosa, Napa and Sonoma over the past week - and a new report says California can expect more of these megafires in the years to come. Researchers from the National Wildlife Federation noted that in pa

California's vernal pools may no longer be covered by federal anti-pollution laws if a Trump administration proposal goes forward. (California Native Plant Society)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today is the last day to comment on a Trump administration proposal to repeal the Obama-era Clean Water Rule, which sought to clarify that federal protections apply to smaller streams and seasonal creeks, not just larger waterways. The rule currently is on hold in the courts an

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