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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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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)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has co-sponsored legislation that would restore funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired last Saturday. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The new budget passed by the U.S. House yesterday could add insult to injury for healthcare providers. Critics say the measure's tax cuts - that primarily benefit the wealthy and large corporations - would require over $470 billion in cuts to Medicare and at least a trillion dollars

Coloradans with incomes of at least $1 million a year will get an average tax cut of $170,000 under the GOP's tax plan. (Pixabay)

DENVER – The top 1 percent of taxpayers are set to get big tax cuts under the Republican tax proposal, but middle and upper middle income earners in Colorado will end up paying more, according to a new 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Ali Mickelson, directo

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

Just 4 percent of Colorado kids lack health coverage, down from 14 percent in 2008. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The percentage of people living below the federal poverty level in Colorado continues to be below the national average, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And, the state's child poverty rate dropped to just over 13 percent in 2016, down from nearly 15 percent the pre

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

Gov. John Hickenlooper will testify on health care on Thursday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. (Getty Images)

DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper takes a plan to Congress this week, developed with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, aimed at fixing some of the Affordable Care Act's shortcomings. The proposal incorporates key elements designed to stabilize the individual insurance markets, increase competition and promote e

Black women with advanced degrees earn less than white men with only a bachelorís degree. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Black women have to work seven months into 2017 to be paid the same amount of money white men took home in 2016, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. Valerie Wilson, director of the institute, notes black women face both racial and gender pay gaps, and says be

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