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    PNS Daily News - April 17, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown: President Obama wins a deal on fast track trade authority but protesters will be out in force this weekend; two years after a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant first responders still at risk from dangerous chemicals; and we ponder whether teens can still balance a checkbook during Smart Money Week.

Public News Service - Arizona

PHOTO: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in a challenge to President Obama's executive actions that can help some undocumented immigrants in Arizona and elsewhere remain in the U.S. temporarily. Photo courtesy of whitehouse.gov

PHOENIX - The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in the multistate legal challenge, which includes Arizona, over President Obama's programs that could allow several million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. temporarily. Tony Navarette, organizer with ...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

GRAPHIC: The average federal income tax bill for an Arizona resident is $10,873, and a new report breaks down the ways the government is spending those dollars. Graphic courtesy of the FBI.

PHOENIX - It's Tax Day today. Income taxes are likely top-of-mind for many Arizonans, and a new analysis examines exactly where federal income tax dollars are going. Lindsay Koshgarian is research director with the nonpartisan National Priorities Project, which tracks tax money and how it's spent. ...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: According to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center, one in five Arizonans report having trouble affording food, despite the nation's economic recovery. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Despite the economic recovery, one in five Americans – or 19 percent of Arizonans – have recently experienced times when it was difficult to put food on the table, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Steve Saville, executive director of...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Arizona has fewer bridges in need of major repair or upgrading than most states in the union, according to a new report. Photo credit: Arizona Department of Transportation.

PHOENIX - Arizona has some bragging rights when it comes to the Grand Canyon State's bridges. Doug Nintzel, spokesma with the state Department of Transportation, says a report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association shows just over three-percent of Arizona's approximately 8,00...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation's most endangered river. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

PHOENIX - The Colorado River, as it flows through the Grand Canyon, is the most endangered section of any river in the United States. That's according to an annual report from the nonprofit group American Rivers, ranking the nation's most endangered rivers. Sinjin Eberle, associate director of comm...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Reporting suspected child abuse and raising awareness of services available to help victims of abuse and neglect are the goals of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photo courtesy of Catawba County, NC.

PHOENIX - Raising awareness about the services available to help victims of child abuse in Arizona and around the nation is one goal of a national campaign. "National Child Abuse Prevention Month" encourages victims and others to report cases of suspected child abuse, said Rebecca Ruffner, executiv...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: A groundbreaking study identifies some of the treatable factors that prevent chronic kidney disease in children, which could potentially prevent them from having to undergo costly and painful interventions such as dialysis and transplants. Photo credit: Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - New hope is on the horizon for children in Arizona and around the U.S. who are suffering from chronic kidney disease. Results of a new study identifies, for the first time, some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure. Dr. Bradley Warady, pediatric nephrologist at Children's Mercy...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: As California implements mandatory water restrictions, Arizona officials say despite a 15 year drought, such measures are not likely in the Grand Canyon State. Photo credit: California Department of General Services.

PHOENIX – Despite the years-long drought on the Colorado River, Arizona is not facing the historic mandatory water restrictions being implemented in neighboring California, according to Thomas Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Buschatzke says Arizona is a lea...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

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