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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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A recent poll found that a majority of small business owners support creating a statewide retirement plan, saying it would help them be more competitive. (c-George/iStockphoto)

DENVER – The biggest fear for American workers is not having enough money for retirement, and Colorado lawmakers are one step closer to launching a statewide retirement savings program. House Bill 1290 would create a board charged with developing a strategy for offering low fee IRAs to emplo

HB 1324 could help staff some of the 3,000 teaching slots currently at risk of going unfilled in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER – A new bill introduced in the Colorado House would give graduating teachers a financial incentive to teach in the state's struggling rural districts, and also help middle-class families put away money to send their kids to college. A recent Denver Post report found some 3,000 teachin

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

A new bill aims to give former offenders in Colorado a better chance of getting a job by prohibiting most employers from asking about criminal history on initial job applications. (Surfertide/iStockphoto)

DENVER - Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have criminal records could catch a break on their job applications. House Bill 1305 would prohibit most employers in the state from asking about criminal history on initial application forms. According to attorney Jack Regenbogen with the Colorado C

A strong majority of Colorado voters do not want to see cuts to programs such as food stamps and subsidized school meals. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- A broad majority of Colorado voters want stronger, smarter programs to eradicate hunger, according to a new poll commissioned by Hunger Free Colorado. More than half of people surveyed said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who prioritizes food-security programs. Benjamin

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

Health-care advocates are protesting a move to repeal Colorado's health-insurance marketplace, which helps consumers navigate enrollment. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Groups are gathering on the steps of the state Capitol today to protest efforts by some lawmakers to repeal Connect for Health Colorado, the state's health-insurance marketplace. Adam Fox, the director of strategic engagement of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative says the move

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