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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - CA: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

A new survey shows high housing costs are preventing a majority of working Californians from saving enough for retirement. (Seemann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Senior advocates are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to do something about the housing crisis - and are pushing him to start by signing Senate Bill 2. The bill would increase the fee for recording certain types of real estate documents, excluding the sale of commercial and residentia

Data show that the rate of Latino and black children in poverty in California is more than three times that of white children. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Stubborn poverty continues to plague the Golden State, which maintains the worst poverty rate in the nation, with 14.3 percent of residents, and almost 20 percent of children, living below the federal poverty line. However, the new Census numbers on poverty do show that

The community health center model started in 1965 and now serves 27 million patients per year. (NACHC)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – If Congress doesn't act by September 30 - the nation's nearly 1,300 community health centers will lose 70 percent of their funding. This issue will be front and center for thousands of patients, providers and advocates at the annual Community Health Institute and Expo, wh

Civil rights advocates are taking a new tack, fighting to lure more doctors to Medi-Cal by suing the state over reimbursement rates. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

LOS ANGELES -- Advocates filed a class action civil rights complaint against the state of California on Wednesday alleging that low reimbursement rates have led to a shortage of doctors who take Medi-Cal - a problem that disproportionately affects low income communities of color. Lawyers for the M

The Mojave Trails National Monument is one of seven in California being reviewed by the U.S. Interior Department for downsizing, or to have its monument status canceled altogether. (Bryn Jones)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Supporters of California's parks and national monuments are to rally Thursday in Sacramento, planning to celebrate the expected passage in the state Senate of a resolution to keep those wild places intact. The Trump administration is calling for a review of all national monumen

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