PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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On Thursday, a Colorado House committee failed to advance a bill that would have cut $1.15 billion from state revenues. (Scapler/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Colorado residents won't be doubling up on tax cuts this year, after a Colorado House committee failed to advance House Bill 1203 on Thursday. The measure, following in the Trump administration's footsteps, would have lowered the state income tax rate from just over 4.6 percent to a

One-in-ten Coloradans currently struggles with hunger or faces food insecurity. (Pixabay)

DENVER — A new coalition - including nonprofits, health care providers, state agencies, schools and more - has launched a new campaign aimed at ending hunger in Colorado. Ki'i Powell, director of the Office of Economic Security at the Colorado Department of Human Services, said currently, on

Women who have children as teens are less likely to graduate from high school, or earn as much as women who have children later in life. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's teen pregnancy and abortion rates continue to drop thanks to a state family planning program. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the initiative saved taxpayers almost $70 million between 2009 and 2015. Karen Middleton, executive direc

Families who rely on school meal programs lean on food pantries when kids are out of school for the holidays. (Getty Images)

DENVER – When school lets out for the winter holidays, children get a break from homework, but for families struggling to pay bills and put food on the table, it's no vacation. Ellie Agar, communications manager with Hunger Free Colorado, says nearly 1 in 6 Colorado children may not know whe

HIV tests are free today at the Planned Parenthood health centers in Colorado Springs, Greeley and Salida, and at the Jefferson County Public Health clinic in Lakewood. (Pixabay)

BOULDER, Co. – Today is World AIDS Day, and people around the world are doubling down on prevention efforts, and remembering lives lost. More than 36 million people live with HIV worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But since the pandemic peaked in 2005, AI

America's forests generate more than $13 billion in income for businesses and communities, and supply a critical ingredient for brewing beer. (Getty Images)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – October means beer festivals in many corners of the globe, and in Colorado several local breweries have banded with The Nature Conservancy to create OktoberForest, a campaign to help keep the state's water supplies clean. Corey Odell, sustainability coordinator for the

Anonymous campaign contributions have risen dramatically in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Saturday, people from across Colorado who are concerned about the role of money in politics will meet in Denver for a "Making Democracy Work" conference. The event will focus on the influence of so-called "dark money," anonymous campaign contributions. Lisa Graves, executive dire

Scott Bookman with Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood says connectivity issues can slow transmission of medical images such as x-rays to remote radiologists, hampering diagnosis and care for patients. (David Cornwell)

DENVER – Colorado leaders are doubling down on efforts to make sure all parts of the state have high-speed access to the Internet. Tony Neal-Graves, executive director of the Broadband Office for the Governor's Office of Information Technology, says government has a role to play getting all

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