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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Critics say if Senate Bill 283 becomes law, pharmacists in rural areas could refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions, citing a conflict with their religious beliefs. (Pixabay)

Update: A state Senate committee advanced Senate Bill 183 on Wednesday. The measure was approved on a 3 to 2 party-line vote, with all Republicans in support. The proposal must clear the full Senate before moving to the Democrat-controlled House. DENVER - The Colorado Senate's State, Veterans, and

A new bill that would make it easier for Coloradans to change the gender on their birth certificate faces an uphill battle in the Colorado Senate. (David Prasad/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – The Birth Certificate Modernization Act cleared the Colorado House with bipartisan support last week, but now it faces an uphill battle after being assigned to the Senate's unofficial "kill" committee. The new law would streamline the process for changing the gender listed on birth ce

Colorado lawmakers may ban a practice, widely considered harmful to minors, that seeks to change a personís sexual orientation or suppress gender identity. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers will consider a bill this week that would prohibit mental-health professionals licensed in Colorado from conducting so-called "conversion" or "reparative" therapy, a practice aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or suppressing gender identity, with minors

Colorado legislators hear a bill today that could pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against people who don't share their religious views. (Colorado.gov)

DENVER – A group of Colorado state lawmakers is hoping the third time will be the charm for passing so-called "religious freedom" legislation. A House committee is scheduled to consider a bill today, similar to measures introduced in the past two sessions, that supporters claim is necessary t

New GPS-based audio walking tours include historic sites such as the

DENVER – A new smartphone app might be just the incentive seniors need to keep New Year's resolutions to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jeremiah Mora, the associate state director of community outreach with AARP Colorado, says the group partnered with Geotourist to create NeighborWalks audio

Transgender Coloradans say housing discrimination persists. (Dcsliminky/iStockphoto)

DENVER – It's been eight years since transgender people were added to Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, but many in Denver's transgender community say they're still experiencing housing and other forms of discrimination. Sable Schultz, program manager of the GLBT Community Center of Color

Colorado's Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging is releasing its plan to prepare for a rapidly growing older population. (Pixabay)

DENVER – By 2030, the number of Colorado residents age 65 or older is projected to increase by 68 percent. The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, created by the General Assembly and governor's office to study the impacts of shifting demographics, will release its initial report today at

There's still time for transgender Coloradans to enroll in the state's health-insurance marketplace. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- A Trump presidency puts the future of the Affordable Care Act into question, but from now through the end of January, Coloradans still can shop for health insurance at Connect for Health Colorado. Local group One Colorado has published a buyer's guide for transgender people with informat

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