PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Public News Service - CO: Poverty Issues

A single adult has to earn almost double the minimum wage, $41,200 a year, to cover basic costs including housing in Denver. (Pixabay)

DENVER – The Colorado House Local Government Committee on Wednesday is set to decide the fate of the "Right to Rest Act." House Bill 1067 would roll back local laws that make it illegal to sit or sleep in public spaces. Terese Howard, an organizer with the group Denver Homeless Out Loud, s

Colorado could save up to $2 billion a year on health care and other costs associated with not having regular access to nutritious food. (Pixabay)


High-quality early learning and care leads to improved educational achievement and health, and increased employment and future earnings. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Lawmakers in Colorado have introduced a measure aimed at helping working families struggling with rising child care costs. The bill would allow families earning $25,000 a year or less to bump their state credit from the current 50 percent up to 80 percent of what they get from the f

One in four American mothers in states without paid family medical-leave policies returns to work two weeks after giving birth for economic reasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Colorado workers, small-business owners and some lawmakers plan to gather on the west steps of the State Capitol today in support of the Colorado FAMLI Act, a bill that would create a worker-financed paid family leave program. Neha Mahajan, state director of the group 9to5 Colorado,

The funding resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, but not other key programs health centers rely on. (Pixabay)

DENVER – If Congress doesn't find a way to include a fix for federal funding for community health centers, facilities across Colorado will take a severe funding hit as early as March. Congress allowed several programs that centers depend on for funding patient care, including the Children's

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

The percentage of low-wage earners in Colorado has been growing since 2010. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's lowest-paid workers got a raise this week as the minimum wage increased by 90 cents to $10.20 an hour. But, for workers in many parts of the state, that still isn't enough to be financially self-sufficient. Chris Stiffler, an economist with the Colorado Fiscal Institute

Women who have children as teens are less likely to graduate from high school, or earn as much as women who have children later in life. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's teen pregnancy and abortion rates continue to drop thanks to a state family planning program. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the initiative saved taxpayers almost $70 million between 2009 and 2015. Karen Middleton, executive direc

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