PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

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

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Public News Service - UT: Family/Father Issues

In most cases, law enforcement is prohibited from entering a family home unless the family consents or agents have a warrant. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing back against what it claims is increasingly heavy handed actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Utah and across the country. The group filed suit this week against ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service in respons

In Utah, 62 percent of women live in a county without an abortion provider. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is one of 18 states to get a failing grade in the Population Institute's new national report card on reproductive health and rights. In 2017, the nation as a whole slipped from a D to a D-minus because of tightened state and federal policies that limit access to contrac

About 20,000 Utah children depend on the CHIP program for medical coverage, but its federal funding could run out in March. (Children's Action Alliance)

SALT LAKE CITY — Groups that advocate for children's health are pleading with Congress to stop using the Children's Health Insurance Program as a bargaining chip in the showdown over funding the government. About 20,000 Utah children depend on it. The federal government shut down at midnight


SALT LAKE CITY – Proponents of a new statewide ballot initiative are in the signature-collecting phase, and say they hope to bring local control to the health care debate. The "Utah Decides Healthcare" proposal would expand Medicaid coverage to individuals and families in Utah with incomes be

Unpaid family caregivers in Utah provide $4.2 billion worth of care a year. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah ranks 24th nationally when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but the state is facing significant challenges including a rapidly aging population - according to a new state-by-state scorecard. Laura Polacheck, commun

Activists planted more than 300 paper flowers outside the offices of Utah's congressional delegation yesterday, each with a testimonial from a resident concerned about the American Health Care Act. (Courtney Henderson Marden)

SALT LAKE CITY – In honor of Mother's Day, activists with the group, Utah Indivisible, concerned about the impacts of the American Health Care Act, planted more than 300 paper flowers outside the offices of Utah's congressional delegation Monday. Kellie Henderson - one of the event's organiz

Food collected during the holidays is critical for keeping pantry shelves stocked for families facing hunger through the winter months ahead. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Food Bank is in the middle of its Holiday Food and Fund Drive, and the need for donations goes beyond helping struggling Utahns prepare for that next big family gathering. Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the food bank, said the holiday season is a great

Utah has made progress in lowering the number of uninsured children, a new study shows. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – The number of uninsured children in Utah declined by 23 percent over two years, according to a report released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. In 2013, the state had 85,000 children without health coverage, and that number dropped to 65,0

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