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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - UT: Budget Policy & Priorities

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments could be eliminated or reduced in size under a federal review that ends next week. (Josh Ewing)

BOULDER, Utah – Many Utah business owners and tribes are making a last-minute push to save the state's national monuments, under threat from a federal review that ends one week from today. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has until Aug. 24 to make recommendations on whether to shrink or re

Unpaid family caregivers in Utah provide $4.2 billion worth of care a year. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah ranks 24th nationally when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but the state is facing significant challenges including a rapidly aging population - according to a new state-by-state scorecard. Laura Polacheck, commun

AARP has joined a growing chorus of groups objecting to a new bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - Opposition to the GOP's proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act is swelling, and the nation's largest advocacy group for people age 50 and older is stepping into the fray. Laura Polacheck, communications director for AARP Utah, said the plan would shorten the life of Medicare,

AARP is launching a new campaign to convince members of Congress to keep President Donald Trump's commitment to safeguard Medicare. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – The nation's largest senior advocacy group, AARP, is launching a campaign to block congressional efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Laura Polacheck, the communications director for AARP Utah, says with GOP control of the White House and both chambers of Congress

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

Utah has made progress in lowering the number of uninsured children, a new study shows. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – The number of uninsured children in Utah declined by 23 percent over two years, according to a report released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. In 2013, the state had 85,000 children without health coverage, and that number dropped to 65,0

Seniors will be watching the first presidential debate for detailed plans on Social Security. (iStockphoto/LarryHW)

SALT LAKE CITY – Social Security reform can be a hotly debated issue, especially during presidential elections. But once in office, officials rarely want to touch what some call the "third rail" of U.S. politics. The last time the program was adjusted to ensure long-term solvency was during th

A lack of policies to regulate the use of tanning beds contributes to low marks for Utah in a new report on cancer policies. (jdurham/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY – A new report says Utah falls short when it comes to supporting policies and passing legislation to prevent suffering and deaths from cancer. The annual rankings from the American Cancer Society look at each state's progress in public policies regarding tobacco use and preven

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