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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - CA: Consumer Issues

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance predicts that, for the 129 million Americans who have access to just one internet provider, monopolies will have greater power with the repeal of net neutrality. (Fabienne/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After the Federal Communications Commission voted to kill net neutrality on Thursday, some California cities are looking to create or expand municipal internet service to preserve open, fair and affordable online access. Manhattan Beach is exploring the possibility, and Sa

New guidelines say cell phones put out more RF energy when they are searching for a signal or downloading large files. (d3damon/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New guidelines from the State of California warn of possible links between cell phones and cancer, and advise people to avoid holding the phone up to their head. The guidelines released Wednesday say that although there is no definitive link, some studies indicate long-t

Statistics show that the average State and Local Tax deduction for a California household is more than $18,000. (noderog/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The people who run many of California's counties are speaking out against the tax bill that is about to go up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. They say they’re worried it will eliminate important deductions and force local governments to cut services or raise taxes or fees

A battle is brewing over whether internet service providers should be able to give priority service to certain sites. (Max Kohler/iStockphoto)

LOS ANGELES – Protesters are rallying today in front of the Los Angeles Federal Building to save net neutrality - and protect a free, open internet. The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on a proposal from its chairman to roll back rules that force internet service providers (

A recent survey says 16 percent of veterans have fallen victim to fraud, compared to 8 percent of non-veterans. (Taliesin/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Scams targeting veterans are on the increase, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, so postal inspectors are teaming up with AARP's Fraud Watch Network in a new campaign called "Operation Protect Veterans." Researchers surveyed vets and found that 80 percent

Tax-Aide interviews with B-roll

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tax day is about six months away, but the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program already is gearing up, recruiting volunteers to help people file their income-tax returns in the spring. Volunteers are not required to have a background in finance, since they'll receive Internal Reve

President Donald Trump's executive order proposes new health-insurance products that won't go into effect until the relevant agencies develop new rules. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Some California groups are predicting that President Trump's new executive order on health care could undermine health-insurance markets and lead to higher premiums for many people. The order, issued Thursday, directs federal agencies to loosen regulations, to allow small

A new survey shows high housing costs are preventing a majority of working Californians from saving enough for retirement. (Seemann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Senior advocates are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to do something about the housing crisis - and are pushing him to start by signing Senate Bill 2. The bill would increase the fee for recording certain types of real estate documents, excluding the sale of commercial and residentia

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