PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

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Public News Service - CO: Health Issues

The presence of a firearm in the home of someone with a history of domestic violence increases the risk of the survivor being killed by as much as 500 percent. (Pixabay)

DENVER – There is a strong link between mass shootings and domestic violence, according to new analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety. The study found the majority of incidents "involve domestic or family violence." Lydia Waligorski, public policy director for the Colorado Coalition Against D

Colorado law prohibits selling tobacco products to minors, but there are no federal rules limiting access to electronic cigarettes. ( Commons)

DENVER – An increasing number of teens in Colorado and across the United States are drawn to electronic cigarettes, with such flavors as watermelon and cotton candy. But new research says vaping produces toxic chemicals, even when there's no nicotine in the product. Researchers at the Univers

Latino Advocacy Day activists are urging Colorado lawmakers to pass House Bill 1157, which would strengthen requirements for the oil and gas industry to report accidents, spills and harmful emissions. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Some 200 people from across Colorado gathered in Denver over the weekend in preparation for the 12th annual Latino Advocacy Day Monday at the State Capitol. Hilda Nucete, program director for Protégete, funded by the Conservation Colorado, says while participants are taking ser

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

Colorado could save up to $2 billion a year on health care and other costs associated with not having regular access to nutritious food. (Pixabay)


High-quality early learning and care leads to improved educational achievement and health, and increased employment and future earnings. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Lawmakers in Colorado have introduced a measure aimed at helping working families struggling with rising child care costs. The bill would allow families earning $25,000 a year or less to bump their state credit from the current 50 percent up to 80 percent of what they get from the f

One in four American mothers in states without paid family medical-leave policies returns to work two weeks after giving birth for economic reasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Colorado workers, small-business owners and some lawmakers plan to gather on the west steps of the State Capitol today in support of the Colorado FAMLI Act, a bill that would create a worker-financed paid family leave program. Neha Mahajan, state director of the group 9to5 Colorado,

Colorado traffic fatalities are up 25 perent in the past three years, and state legislators will be asked to support tougher seat belt laws to address the problem. (

DENVER – Colorado traffic fatalities climbed for the second year in a row in 2017, and supporters of Senate Bill 53 maintain tougher seat belt laws could reduce the numbers. Sen. Lois Court of Denver will present the bill to the Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday. Colorado is one of

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