PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - UT: Consumer Issues

The addition of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court could tip the scales in Janus v. AFSCME. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday in a case many say could determine the fate of the nation's unions. Justices will decide whether or not Mark Janus, a public employee in Illinois, should be required to pay fees to the union that provides serv

Having health insurance has been associated with better health, increased work capacity and higher earnings. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Trump administration's recent decision to add work requirements for people with Medicaid benefits may sound reasonable, but critics say the move would end up taking health insurance away from more than six million Americans, including 97,000 Utahns. Stacy Stanford, a hea


SALT LAKE CITY – Proponents of a new statewide ballot initiative are in the signature-collecting phase, and say they hope to bring local control to the health care debate. The "Utah Decides Healthcare" proposal would expand Medicaid coverage to individuals and families in Utah with incomes be

Almost a third of older Americans who deduct medical expenses earn less than $50,000 a year. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Seniors could get a break from a looming "health tax" hike set to kick in next year, if a new bipartisan bill making its way through the U.S. Senate clears Congress. Laura Polacheck, communications director for AARP Utah, says the seniors advocacy group is working to educate

Will Rocky Mountain Power's rate hike proposal have a negative effect on Utah's growing solar power business? (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Public Service Commission holds a public hearing today on Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to address challenges the utility says it's facing in managing the electric grid with an influx of new solar power. The utility wants to raise rates on net-metering customers - homes

New research released Friday shows

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Non-motorized outdoor recreation has a big impact on Utah's economy, according to new research released Friday. In 2015, "quiet" recreation on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management near Cedar City produced more than $17 million in direct spending. Kristin L

When Utah Food Bank volunteers visit seniors at home to check in and make sure everything is okay, they also deliver boxes of food to help stretch limited budgets. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – April is National Senior Hunger Awareness Month, and Utahns are rising to the challenge. More than 10 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk of hunger every day, according to the National Council on Aging. Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the Utah Food

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,

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