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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - AZ: Housing/Homelessness

Some of the residents of First Place AZ will be part of a

PHOENIX - New condo and apartment complexes under construction are a common sight in downtown Phoenix, but the project known as First Place AZ is different. The $15.3 million apartment building, which will open this summer, is designed for adults with autism. The plan includes numerous safety featu

Landlords are supporting bills to make it harder for tenants to dispute the loss of a security deposit, and shorten the amount of time abandoned property must be stored. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – Two bills to tighten up rules on renters are up for debate in the Arizona Legislature this week - and anti-poverty groups are fighting to defeat them.

The Census Bureau estimates Arizona gained about 100,000 new residents in 2014-15, most of them moving in from other states. (XiXinXing/iStockphoto)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's population, which has been somewhat stagnant for the past several years, has begun growing again. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates between July 2014 and 2015, the state added about 100,000 people, bringing its total population to around 6.8 million. George Hammond, direc

A new report says dozens of immigrants have died because of substandard medical care at ICE's Eloy Detention Center in Arizona and in other locations. (OpenSocietyFoundations.org)

PHOENIX - A new report says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are turning a blind eye to substandard medical care in the agency's immigration detention facilities, resulting in unnecessary deaths. The study by a coalition of advocacy groups singled out the Eloy Detention Center in

Arizona officials are looking for volunteers to help count the number of people who are homeless in a one-night effort coming up Jan. 25. (ArielleJay/morguefile)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are looking for volunteers to help count the number of people who are homeless in all of the state's towns and cities. This year's annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count takes place on Monday night, Jan. 25, and into the following morning. Anne Scott, human services plann

Advocates for Arizona's homeless population say state budget cuts could put more people on the streets this winter.  Credit: kconnors/morguefile.com

PHOENIX - The rate of homelessness in the United States declined 11 percent in 2015, according to a new U.S. Housing and Urban Development report. Homeless numbers in Arizona also are down - but the rate of decline is only 6 percent, and could be in danger of growing. While the new state informatio

This portrait of caregiver Frank Ballasteros of Tucson and his Aunt Lupe was given to them as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Credit: AARP Arizona

PEORIA, Ariz. - More than half of Arizonans over age 45 are either caring for a family member or have done so in the past. That's one of the findings of a new telephone survey by AARP Arizona in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy says of the 1

Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church

PHOENIX - In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Paris, this weekend's Eighth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner in Fountain Hills takes on a new role, that of bringing together a community riven by fears about Muslim immigrants from Syria. This week Governor Doug Ducey demanded the feds stop

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