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PNS Daily Newscast - April 25, 2018 


President Trump loses another round in court on immigrant “dreamers.” Also on today’s rundown: Environmentalists tell New York Gov. Cuomo to match words with action; California lawmakers wear jeans, taking a stand against sexual violence; and Airbnb is called out for “secret tax deals.”

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Public News Service - UT: Budget Policy & Priorities

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Utah is calling on the Obama administration to designate the region as a national monument. (TimPeterson/Bears Ears Coalition)

MONTICELLO, Utah – A coalition of Native American tribes is calling on the Obama administration to designate the Bears Ears region of southern Utah as a national monument. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is seeking to protect the area, which the coalition says has significant cultural

The Utah Legislature passed a Medicaid expansion bill that covers less than one-fourth of the 80,000 Utah residents that would be eligible under federal guidelines. (iStock)

SALT LAKE CITY - Public interest groups are disappointed that the Utah state Legislature approved a minimal increase in Medicaid during its recent session, passing up an opportunity to institute full coverage. The bill approved, House Bill 437, funds coverage for about 16,000 people, while Senate B

Planned Parenthood of Utah told a panel of judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Gov. Gary Herbert illegally cut the group's funding.

SALT LAKE CITY - Planned Parenthood of Utah is asking a federal appeals court to force Gov. Gary Herbert to stop cutting off funds to the organization. Herbert issued an order in 2015 withholding $272,000 from the group despite an investigation in Texas that cleared Planned Parenthood of illegally

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

A coalition of environmental organizations oppose a plan to spend Utah money to build a coal shipping terminal in California. Credit: Joe Belanger/iStockphoto.

SALT LAKE CITY – Environmental advocates are calling on Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to reject a plan to spend millions of dollars in public funds to help build a coal-shipping terminal in California. The organizations sent Reyes a letter on Monday, asking him to block the Community Impac

Utah Republicans on Tuesday rejected Medicaid expansion for the second time. Credit: peopleimages/iStock

SALT LAKE CITY - Health-care advocates in Utah are slamming the decision by state House Republicans to again reject Medicaid expansion. The majority caucus in the state Legislature on Tuesday rejected the Utah Access Plus plan that was crafted by six of its own leaders. The plan would have closed t

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows improvements for low-income families in Utah as well as what needs to be done to increase self-sufficiency. Education is key. Credit: EME/pixabay.com

SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting good news for Utah, with new data on income, poverty and health insurance. The overall poverty rate has dropped about 1 percent, and the rate of people without health coverage dropped slightly. Barbara Munoz, a policy analyst at Community Action

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