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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Of its total population of about 7 million, 3.6 million Arizonans are registered to vote. (Arizona PIRG)

PHOENIX -- Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and advocates say there are still millions of Arizonans who are eligible to vote but aren't currently registered. And of the 3.6 million Arizona residents who are registered, only three-quarters voted in the last presidential election. Arizona

Statistics show tailpipe pollution causes 53,000 early deaths a year in the United States. (Lutgradio/Morguefile)

PHOENIX — Clean air advocates are speaking out in the wake of a move by the Trump administration to roll back standards on clean cars and fuel efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and got an earful from groups concerned about ai

President Donald Trump is moving forward with a Phoenix rally on Tues., despite a request to delay it from the city's mayor. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX - Civil rights and immigrants' rights groups are planning a giant protest Tuesday outside the Phoenix Convention Center where President Donald Trump is set to hold a campaign-style rally at 6 p.m. Organizers are expecting thousands to protest a possible pardon of former Maricopa County S

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio stumped for Donald Trump in Phoenix during the 2016 presidential campaign. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX - Civil-liberties groups in Arizona are slamming the idea of a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after President Trump said he is seriously considering such a move ahead of a rumored visit to the state next week. Arpaio, 85, faces six months in jail for violating a court

Protests to save the Affordable Care Act, such as this one in January, will continue this Saturday in more than 100 cities across the United States. (Save My Care)

PHOENIX - Even as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., cast the crucial 50th vote to open debate on the GOP health plan, groups in Arizona continued their own plans for big pro-Affordable Care Act rallies in Tucson tonight and in Tucson, Flagstaff and Phoenix on Saturday. The events are part of a nationwide

Protestors from Arizona joined a large group that disrupted the last day of the legislative session in Austin, Texas, on Monday, to oppose a bill similar to SB 1070. (Promise Arizona)

PHOENIX – The specter of SB 1070 is back - this time in Texas - and about a thousand people, including dozens from Arizona, rallied at the Texas Legislature in Austin to protest the new law. Senate Bill 4, signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott a few weeks ago, declares sanctuary cities ill

Long lings plagued Maricopa County during the 2016 primary election, spurring legislators to propose the Voting Access Act. (Roibu/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX — Lawmakers in the U.S. House reintroduced a bill on Wednesday mandating that no voter should have to wait in line for more than an hour to cast a ballot. The Voting Access Act would establish standards for staffing and placement of polling locations - to prevent nightmare scenarios

The deadline arrives Thursday for the Senate to uphold or repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule. (Chris Jordan Bloch/Earthjustice)

NAVAJO NATION -- A vote on whether to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule could come in the U.S. Senate in the next few days, and tribal leaders are stepping up to support the rule. The Methane Waste Rule requires oil and gas companies to install equipment to capture methane

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