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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter; also on our nationwide rundown; a 24 hour hotline "reignited" to support immigrants; plus a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River from Troy all the way down to New York City.

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Public News Service - CO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

Out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, dentures, hearing aids and more are counted as deductible medical expenses for seniors and people with disabilities in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Nearly one in five senior citizens in Colorado is turning a portion of his or her medical expenses into extra groceries. Jack Regenbogen, an attorney and policy advocate with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, points to new data that shows one year after the state rolled out a

Scientists say if people across the globe switched to a diet full of nuts, beans, fish and less meat, global warming could be reduced by up to 15 percent by 2050. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As the New Year approaches, many Americans will be focusing on what resolutions they'll make to do things differently in 2018. Climate scientists at the University of California at Davis say one option is to help slow climate change by adopting a low-emissions diet. Maya Almaraz,

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

In 2016, 235,000 SNAP recipients were Colorado children. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Groups that advocate for children, the elderly and people with disabilities are rolling up their sleeves in the wake of the budget passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure includes $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Residents of Westminster, Colo., are asking the city to consider creating an affordable-housing trust fund to help struggling families stay in their homes. (Getty Images)

WESTMINSTER, Co. – We Organize Westminster, or WOW, has a public assembly Saturday to address what the group is calling a housing and renters' rights crisis in the Denver suburb. In the five years, Inez Marquez has lived at the Copperwood Apartments, she says the rent for the one-bedroom uni

Community gardens at Colorado health centers are filling a critical need in areas considered food deserts. (Pixabay)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Children in Fort Collins on Thursday are bringing their harvest of fresh vegetables to a farmer's market at Salud Family Health Centers' east location. It's part of a statewide effort by community health centers to incorporate gardening as a way to improve mental and ph

Children, seniors and people with disabilities receive almost 70 percent of SNAP benefits. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The Trump administration's tax proposals would not benefit all taxpayers or states equally, according to new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Matt Gardner, a senior fellow with the institute, says the richest 1 percent of taxpayers would receive more than

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