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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 - UT: Community Issues and Volunteering

Food collected during the holidays is critical for keeping pantry shelves stocked for families facing hunger through the winter months ahead. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Food Bank is in the middle of its Holiday Food and Fund Drive, and the need for donations goes beyond helping struggling Utahns prepare for that next big family gathering. Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the food bank, said the holiday season is a great

Student anxiety and incidents of harassment have increased since the 2016 presidential election, according to a survey of school personnel. (iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – This year's presidential election has had a big impact on the nation's schools, grades K-12. According to a new national survey of educators by the Southern Poverty Law Center, student anxiety and incidents of harassment are on the rise. Maureen Costello, the report's author

Advocates for designating the Bears Ears region of Utah as a national monument say opponents are using “dirty tricks” to turn residents of the area against the project. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

MONTICELLO, Utah - Groups advocating national monument status for the Bears Ears region of Utah say opponents are using false information and veiled threats to intimidate local residents. Native American and conservation groups say a well-funded campaign in Southeastern Utah is posting forged fede

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

Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in Utah and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry condition. (millsrymer/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Conservationists recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, causing more than 100,000 people to be evacuated. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Utah and the Sou

With the income-tax filing deadline just a few weeks away, help is available for Utah residents through the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program. (alfexe/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - The federal income tax filing deadline is just three weeks away, and if you're getting nervous about filing your tax return, help is on the way. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program offers free assistance in preparing tax returns and it isn't just for seniors. Laura Polacheck,

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

A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Utah is making its way through the state legislature. (Wikipedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - A bill to legalize medical marijuana is set for a final vote this week in the Utah Senate after getting preliminary approval by just two votes. The measure, Senate Bill 73, allows qualifying medical patients to use marijuana in edible, extract and oil form to treat illness. Magg

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