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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - NV: Housing/Homelessness

Nevada Legal Services would lose 52 percent of its budget if Congress enacts President Trump's budget. (serggn/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of low income Nevadans would lose access to the civil court system if Congress were to enact President Trump's proposed budget, which zeroes out funding for the Legal Services Corporation. The LSC provides just over half of the funding for Nevada Legal Services, which helped

About 55,000 Nevada children are growing up absent from a parent who's in jail or prison. (iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - About 55,000 children, or 8 percent of all Nevada kids, grow up with a parent serving time in prison or jail, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation calls it a "Shared Sentence" for kids, families and communities, and says the number of children affected nationally tops

A new report ranks Nevada counties on health; Douglas County ranks first, Mineral County last, and Clark County ranks sixth. (DMarshall/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS - When it comes to length and quality of life, Douglas County is first, Mineral County is last and Clark County is sixth out of 17 counties according to a study published Wednesday. The seventh annual report, called County Health, Rankings and Roadmaps, is a collaboration between the Un

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Nevada ranks in the top 10 for the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline. (saiyood/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the problem is particularly severe in Nevada. Statistics show the Silver State is one of the the 10 worst for human trafficking, with hundreds of calls to the national hotline each year. Experts blame it on the state's multi-bi

PHOTO: Nevadans struggling to stay in their homes may have an easier go of it, thanks to the Legislature's update of the Foreclosure Mediation Program. Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Matt Cartwright.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A successful update to Nevada's Foreclosure Mediation Program, which gives distressed homeowners an option supporters say could dramatically reduce the number of foreclosures in the state, was part of this year's legislative session. Venicia Considine, a consumer rights at

PHOTO: Thousands of Nevadans volunteer at food banks, hospitals, animal shelters, and schools each year, and AARP Nevada is seeking nominees for its highest honor given for volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Douglas County, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who give their time and talents to help others can be nominated for an award that recognizes the positive contribution of volunteerism. Hilarie Grey with AARP Nevada says the 2015 AARP Nevada Andrus Award for Community Service – named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Pe

PHOTO: As state lawmakers consider the future of the Foreclosure Mediation Program, housing numbers show that Nevada continues to be a foreclosure hot spot. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Labor.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada lawmakers are considering extending the Foreclosure Mediation Program, which has helped thousands of people stay in their homes since the Silver State became ground zero of the housing crisis. Kelly Werth is an attorney with Nevada Legal Services, which helps homeo

PHOTO: A new report finds Nevada tied with three other states in leading the nation for placing children in the state's care in a family setting, rather than a group home or state institution. Photo courtesy San Diego County Dept. of Health and Human Services.<br />

LAS VEGAS - Nevada is tied with Maine, Oregon and Washington for first in the nation when it comes to placing children who are not with their biological families into a family environment, rather than a group home or institution. A report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found, in

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