PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 

The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - AZ: Housing/Homelessness

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. (

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/

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

PHOTO: President Obama is expected to announce cuts to Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums during his speech in Phoenix today. Photo courtesy of the White House.

PHOENIX - President Obama's speech to be delivered at Central High School in Phoenix today is expected to center on expanding home ownership for all Americans. White House officials say the president will announce plans to cut mortgage insurance premiums charged by the Federal Housing Administration

PHOENIX - Arizona's two largest private electric companies would expand their energy-efficiency programs, and add some new ones, under proposals being considered this month by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The first plan from Tucson Electric Power will be reviewed and voted on on Friday. Han

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