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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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Public News Service - CO: Rural/Farming

In Colorado, 75 percent of households that would get tax cuts through

DENVER – If the GOP is able to repeal and replace Obamacare, Denver's wealthiest households will fare much better than rural Coloradans, according to new analysis by the Colorado Fiscal Institute. Thamanna Vasan, an economic policy analyst with the Institute, says progress made under the Aff

Rural hospitals in Colorado facing life-threatening budget cuts could see relief from Senate Bill 267. (Getty Images)

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are one step closer to throwing a lifeline to the state's struggling rural hospitals. After years of conflict, Republicans and Democrats finally have come to an agreement that separates funding for hospitals from budget limitations under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. D

In 2015, 33,000 lives were lost due to opioids in the United States, and community health centers are exploring alternative treatments. (Getty Images)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado's community health centers are going back in time to help blunt what has been called an opioid epidemic. Ken Davis, a physician assistant at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs, says 15 years ago, health providers used an interdisciplinary approa

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

President Trump's plan for investing $1 trillion to rebuild the nation's infrastructure is being met with skepticism. (alex57111/iStockphoto)

DENVER -- During his address to Congress on Tuesday, President Trump called for $1 trillion in public and private investment to rebuild the nation's roads and bridges, noting that the $6 trillion spent fighting wars in the Middle East could have easily rebuilt America two or three times over. Form

Latino voters say environmental issues are an important factor in their decisions inside the voting booth. (Pixabay)

DENVER – More than 70 percent of Latino voters are deeply concerned about the environment and how it affects their families. That's according to a new Latino Decisions poll, which found over 90 percent of Latino Coloradans want the President-elect and new Congress to fight climate change. Do

The Endangered Species Coalition has released its Top 10 list of species in need of protections, including the greater sage-grouse. (BLM)

DENVER - As the Obama administration prepares to hand over the reins to President-elect Donald Trump, the Endangered Species Coalition has produced a Top 10 list of at-risk species in need of protections. The greater sage-grouse, the centerpiece of an ongoing federal effort to conserve more than 60

Ignacio Alvarado, a former sheep herder, advocates on behalf of Colorado's migrant workers. (Joe Mahoney)

DENVER – Each year, some 300 men, mostly from South America, are recruited for work virtually no American wants to do: tending to sheep and other livestock around the clock on Colorado's ranches and rangelands. Ignacio Alvarado came to the United States from Chile on a special H-2A visa in t

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