PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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A new bank reform bill in the Senate would, among many things, lift rules that require 85 percent of banks to report data on the ethnicity of borrowers. (Noburu/Morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada's Dean Heller was one of 67 U.S. senators to vote Tuesday to start debate on the biggest banking reform bill since the financial crisis in 2008. Senate Bill 2115, formally known as the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, lifts the most

One program on the chopping block in President Donald Trump's budget helps schools improve technology education. (Jdurham/Morguefile)

LAS VEGAS – Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump's new 2019 budget proposal because it zeroes out funding for several programs that benefit students. The $4.4 trillion budget increases defense spending but envisions deep cuts in domestic spending. For example, it w

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RENO, Nev. – An anti-poverty program called "Getting Ahead" is getting a boost from the Whole Foods store in Reno. The store is donating five percent of its sales this Thursday the 11th to the program, which is a part of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The Getting Ahead program is a 16-wee

The new tax bill cuts corporate and individual tax rates, but only the corporate cuts are made permanent. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – President Donald Trump is celebrating the passage of the Republican tax bill, but opponents say it will explode the deficit, make corporate tax cuts permanent, drive up insurance rates and endanger programs that help the poor. The bill slashes corporate rates from 35 to 2

Not One Penny rallies, such as this one in Reno, are blanketing the country this week ahead of the Senate tax plan vote. (Matthew Flonken/Organizing For America)

RENO, Nev. – Protesters are gathering Wednesday in Reno and Las Vegas to slam the Republican tax plan – saying it would explode the deficit in order to give a tax break to corporations and the wealthy. The rallies, plus another held in Reno on Tuesday, are part of a nationwide series o

In northern Nevada alone, people gave more than 25,000 volunteer hours to the food bank last year. (FBNN)

MCCARRAN, Nev. – This holiday season, food banks across Nevada will feed hundreds of thousands of people – and food bank operators say they need help. Food drop-off boxes can be found all around town, and people are being asked to volunteer their time and keep the food banks in mind wh

Teachers could lose tax deductions for student-loan interest, and for the extra classroom supplies they purchase, under the GOP tax proposal. (Shironosov/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS – Education groups blasted the GOP tax plan unveiled on Thursday - saying that eliminating most state and local tax deductions will blow a hole in education budgets, and put about 700 jobs at risk in Nevada alone. An analysis by the National Education Association shows the move cou

First responders and festival employees hurt in the mass shooting have a strict deadline of one week to file notice of a claim in Nevada. (Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons)

LAS VEGAS — The survivors hurt during Sunday's massacre include many people who worked at the festival, as first responders, and at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and they may be eligible to file a worker's compensation claim. But they've got to get it to their employer by this Sunday. Nevada law s

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