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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - CA: Consumer Issues

Large foundations are being urged to do their part to amplify citizens' voices in the health care debate. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leading experts on philanthropy are urging big foundations to get off the sidelines of the health care debate. They're calling for amplified voices to address the deep Medicaid cuts in President Trump's new budget proposal and the American Health Care Act. A policy brief from

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report. (JDAI AZ)

BERKELEY, Calif. – A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers. Researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Law fo

Experts warn that internet-connected toys and devices may be recording data about you without your knowledge and distributing it without your consent. (Max Kohler/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill to make sure your kids' toys aren't spying on them will have its first hearing before the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The so-called Teddy Bears and Toasters Act would require manufacturers of smart toys and devices to install privacy protections and no

About 6.6 percent of Californians drink water from public systems that have records of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new report. (Earl 53/Morguefile)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Water systems in California have the nation's ninth-worst record for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Researchers pored over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data from 2015 and foun

Concerns over truck pollution rules may hold up the governor's new transportation bill. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters held a rally Wednesday to rev up support for his transportation bill. But environmental groups are protesting a section they maintain will lead to more pollution by big trucks. Senate Bill 1 increases the gas tax and the fee to regist

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

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