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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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Public News Service - CA: Consumer Issues

A bill to strip internet privacy protections goes before the U.S. House of Representatives today. (Max Kohler/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill that would make it easier for internet providers to sell a detailed profile of your online activity is scheduled for a vote before the U.S. House of Representatives today. Senate Joint Resolution 34 would repeal regulations finalized last year by the Obama adminis

Senior groups are slamming a proposal to allow health insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more than under the Affordable Care Act. (liljoel/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Advocates for older Americans are criticizing a bill in the House of Representatives that would raise the amount insurance companies can charge seniors. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies only could charge seniors three times what younger adults pay. Bu

A new report says the state overuses suspensions for high schoolers, leading to more dropouts. (Darnok/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California could save billions of dollars by reducing the number of high school suspensions and favoring rehabilitation over punishment, according to a new study by the California Dropout Research Project. Researchers followed more than 100 randomly chosen 10th graders

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has more than 400 locations in California offering free income-tax filing services. (AARP)

LOS ANGELES – Tax season is well underway; the deadline is April 18. Tax time can mean loads of stress, especially because the U.S. Tax Code has become increasingly complicated. But Nancy McPherson, state director for AARP California, says the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program aims to allev

Migrant workers harvest broccoli near Santa Maria. Some California business owners aren't happy about the new president's crackdown on undocumented workers. (Beth Golden)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the past week, President Trump signed executive orders to build a wall along the Mexican border and to cut off federal funds to "sanctuary cities" - in California and across the country. While Wall Street has been bullish, small business owners, particularly those with immi

For generations, electricity for the Central Coast region has been produced by gas-fired plants concentrated in Oxnard, a working-class community with majority populations of color. (Michele W.)

OXNARD, Calif. – Community groups from Oxnard showed up at a California Energy Commission hearing last night to voice their concerns about a proposal to build a fourth gas-fired power plant in their city. Despite its accolades for developing energy-efficient jobs and policies, California's lo

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PASADENA, Calif. – Low-wage workers won a victory with California's minimum-wage increase, in effect starting this week. The increases will be yearly and incremental, this year, it's 50 cents, bringing worker pay to $10.50 an hour and ultimately, to $15. But for many, it still isn't really en

Here's a sight you probably won't be seeing much anymore on California roadways. Handheld phone use while driving is now illegal in the state. (Kaboompics)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There's a new reality for morning commuters, no more multitasking behind the wheel when you're stuck in one of California's legendary traffic jams. As of this week, it's now the law that if you use your phone while driving, you may be looking at a $160 fine That means no

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