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PNS Daily News - Monday, March 27, 2017 


Hundreds detained in Russian corruption protests; with the ACA repeal quashed, physicians promote Medicare for all; and the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee blocked by a federal judge. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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A new report shows the number of uninsured Utah children would more than double if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a comprehensive replacement plan. (iStockphoto/monkeybusinessimages)

SALT LAKE CITY – President Trump wasted no time making good on his promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order just hours after taking the oath of office. The order allows federal agencies to unravel parts of the act before Congress presents a replacement plan. A

Pro-business policies from the State Capitol might have helped rank Utah highly in a new survey of state economies. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - On the strength of business growth and innovation, a new study ranks Utah as having the top state economy in the country. According to the online survey company WalletHub, Utah is at or near the top of such key economic categories as Gross Domestic Product growth, median income, e

A new study shows increasing rents and relatively flat incomes put many Utah renters a single financial emergency away from eviction. (jitalia17/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Rapidly rising rents and relatively flat incomes are putting the squeeze on many Utah renters, especially those with moderate or low incomes. A new study from a University of Utah think tank says a flood of new apartment units is driving up those costs, and putting many renters ju

Latinas in Utah make only 47 cents for each dollar men earn, according to a study pointing out the wage gap across the United States. The national average for women is 79 cents on the dollar. (DougBerry/iStock)

JSALT LAKE CITY - As millions across the country noted Equal Pay Day this week, women in Utah found very little to celebrate. The pay gap between women and men in Utah is the second widest in the country, at 33 cents on the dollar, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. Rache

The Community Action Partnership of Utah says families often miss out on thousands of dollars in tax refunds by not filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit. (KConnors/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Many Utah residents are potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table each year when they prepare and file their federal tax returns, according to a coalition of community agencies. Barbara Muñoz, a policy analyst with the Community Action Partnership of Utah, says ma

A new policy brief suggests changes that could help low-income families establish some savings. (cohdra/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Even as the economy improves, Utah families still are struggling to put money aside for emergencies, for college and for retirement - and the wealth gap is growing between whites and people of color. That's one conclusion of a new policy brief released today. The brief, from the An

Gas prices will go up about five cents a gallon in Utah starting on Friday. (Pippalou/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Gas prices in Utah will go up by about five cents a gallon starting Friday when the increase in the state gas tax kicks in. This spring, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill to change the state gas tax from a fixed 24.5 cents a gallon to one that takes 12 percent of the cost of a gallon.

Utah is launching a new program to better children's lives called Evidence2Success. Courtesy: Annie E. Casey Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY - Kearns Township in Salt Lake County is gearing up to launch a new program called Evidence2Success that takes a hard look at what's going on in kids' lives, then focuses attention on the solutions that show the most promise. The program uses data from the state SHARP survey which

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