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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - CO: Health Issues

More than 500 demonstrations on Saturday will celebrate science's evidence-based methods that supporters note led to cures for diseases, technological advances and more. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Saturday is Earth Day, and thousands are expected to take to the streets in Washington, D.C., and more than 500 other cities across the planet. The March for Science aims to celebrate scientific research and advocate for evidence-based policies. Sarah Evanega, a biologist and directo

National and state-based clean air policies, including reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants, are helping improve air quality in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Air quality in Colorado is getting better, according to the American Lung Association's latest report card. Last year, Denver was ranked eighth most ozone-polluted city nationally. Now it’s the 11th. Fort Collins also dropped from tenth to 15th. Dawn Mullally, director of air qua

At age 33, Grand Junction worker Jonathan Kenworthy says January’s 99 cent minimum wage boost helps him better afford life's necessities. (David Cornwell)

DENVER – Last year, Coloradans voted to increase the state's minimum wage, up 99 cents to $9.30 an hour starting in January, and workers and businesses already are feeling the impact. Advocates are hopeful it will lead to improved health outcomes, and say a raise is long overdue as the cost

Physicians say Medicare for All would help President Donald Trump make good on promises for better coverage and benefits. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – With the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act now dead on arrival, the debate over how to fix health care in the U.S. is heating up again. While partisan divides remain high, Dr. Glenn Pearson – former president of Physicians for a National Health Program –

The U.S. House is set to vote on a new health care plan on Thursday, the seven-year anniversary of President Obama's signing the Affordable Care Act. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Tuesday, the U.S. House presented new amendments hoping to shore up votes for its plan to replace the Affordable Care Act - but at least one major hurdle is unresolved. The nation's largest advocacy group for people 50 and over, representing 660,000 Coloradans and 38 million nation

Opposition to the GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is growing, after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found the legislation would cause 24 million Americans to lose coverage. (Tom Hilton/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – The struggle over efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act isn't over. Health groups oppose the Republicans’ replacement plan, which according to Congressional Budget Office estimates would cause 24 million people to lose coverage. And on Wednesday, a coalition, including s

Playing a team sport can produce positive lifelong benefits for young people. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Children from low-income families are more likely to miss out on playing organized sports than their wealthier peers, and the impacts can be far reaching, according to a new report by The Colorado Trust. Shale Wong, a pediatrics professor at the University of Colorado School of Medi

Proposed cuts to Medicaid could impact nearly 130,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Colorado who rely on the program. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- As the GOP-led Congress struggles to make good on promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaders of Colorado's community health centers say new bills introduced this week could be devastating - especially for centers in rural parts of the state already operating on slim ma

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