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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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A recent poll found almost 80 percent of Americans want net neutrality rules kept in place, including 73 percent of Republicans. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Coloradans are joining a national day of action Thursday, calling on Congress to block the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to overturn Obama-era rules that treat the Internet like a utility. Caroline Fry, advocacy and media manager for Colorado Common Cause, says net

The FCC is accepting public comments on its plan to revoke net-neutrality protections through July 17. (Getty Images)

DENVER – As the FCC takes steps to reverse net neutrality, a term for a free and open internet, researchers say a key assumption for the move does not hold water. In his argument to revisit the Obama-era rule, current FCC chairman Ajit Pai cited a paper published in an academic journal that

New research casts doubt on claims that social media fake news posts and search algorithms sway public opinion. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Despite claims by some politicians, fake news, social media and search algorithms don't sway public opinion, according to a study by a group of international researchers. William Dutton, the report's lead author, says if search engines did help create so-called filter bubbles –

Four new bills could help Colorado voters cut through the noise of campaign ads by following the money. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are being asked to shine some light on how so-called dark money influences political campaigns in the state. Four new bills introduced in the House would set limits on campaign spending and require additional disclosures for who's footing the bill. Peg Perl, senio

Coal companies met with GOP attorneys general to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (Pixabay)

DENVER - Fossil-fuel companies Murray Energy and Southern Co. paid for private meetings with Republican state attorneys general to discuss opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan less than two weeks before the same officials asked a federal judge to block the measure, ac

A ballot initiative that would establish the nation's first public, universal health care system in Colorado is facing an uphill struggle. (gpointstudio/iStockphoto)

DENVER - An initiative on the November ballot to make Colorado the first state to establish public, universal health coverage is facing well-financed opposition from business and conservative groups. As former head of corporate communications at the health insurance giant Cigna, Wendell Potter say

Men dominate the national conversation about women's reproductive health, according to a new report. (LuckyBusiness/iStockphoto)

DENVER – Male voices and perspectives are blocking out females – even in coverage of women's reproductive health – according to new research by the Women's Media Center. It says journalists who are women produce 37 percent of articles on contraception or abortion, compared with 5

PHOTO: A coalition of more than 60 organizations sent a letter calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to remove provisions in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Beau Giles/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would take awa

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