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    PNS Daily News - May 29, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; former House Speaker Hastert charged with lying to the FBI about alleged hush money; a veto promised in North Carolina versus a marriage objections bill; thousands of New Yorkers get an Obamacare fix on artificial limbs; and Wyoming “ground zero” for federal sagebrush.

Public News Service - Arizona

PHOTO: Streams and watersheds in Arizona and around the nation should have greater pollution protections with the EPA's new Clean Water Rule, although some environmental groups believe it doesn't go far enough. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

PHOENIX - The Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has released a new Clean Water Rule, which supporters say will better protect rivers and streams in Arizona and across the U.S. from pollution. Bret Fanshaw, state advocate with Environment Arizon...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Reducing the buildup of law-enforcement personnel and equipment on Arizona's border with Mexico is the goal of protesters holding events in several border communities today. Photo courtesy of People Helping People on the Border.

ARIVACA, Ariz. - Protesters in several of Arizona's border communities are holding events today, calling on the federal government to demilitarize the U.S. border with Mexico. Eva Lewis, a volunteer with the group People Helping People in the Border Zone, will be at the protest event in Arivaca, ab...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Summertime in Arizona can be a deadly season in backyard swimming pools and on lakes and rivers, but National Drowning Prevention Month each May stresses water safety. Photo credit: City of Phoenix.

PHOENIX - If statistics hold steady, up to 75 children and adults in Arizona will die this year as a result of drowning. Lori Schmidt, president with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, says the purpose of National Drowning Prevention Month held each May is to stress the importance of wat...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Approximately 14 percent of Arizona children who have been removed from their families are living in institutions or group homes, rather than foster homes or with a family member, according to a new report. Photo credit: Montana Department of Justice.

PHOENIX - Hundreds of children in Arizona are living in group homes or treatment facilities, rather than in a family environment. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found in a recent year, 14 percent of the 14,000 children in the state's care were not living with a foster family or a r...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: About 60 Arizona residents die each year from asthma, and the disease also is among the leading chronic illnesses for children. While there is no cure for asthma, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month offers information on living with the disease. Photo credit: CDC.

TUCSON, Ariz. - The word "asthma" may bring to mind an image of a sick child with an inhaler, but in reality, asthma affects about one in twelve Americans and kills about 60 people in Arizona every year. Creating more awareness about asthma is the goal of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month,...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Arizona's spending cuts to colleges and universities are the highest in the nation, and have resulted in skyrocketing tuition costs for students and families, according to a new report. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

PHOENIX - Arizona is leading the nation when it comes to cutting funding for colleges and universities, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In inflation-adjusted dollars, said report co-author Michael Mitchell, a policy analyst at the center, Arizona's per-stu...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

PHOTO: Homeless Arizonans will benefit from $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding earmarked for expanding Community Health Centers. At least $1.7 million of that sum is coming to Arizona. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County.

PHOENIX - Thousands of Arizona residents, including the state's homeless population, are expected to benefit from $1.7 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to expand the state's system of nonprofit Community Health Centers. Circle the City, a medical respite center in Phoenix providing heal...Read More

Public News Service - AZ

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