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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - AZ: Health Issues

Climate scientists and elected officials are looking for way to reduce the

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Government leaders and climate scientists are looking for ways to mitigate temperatures in the Phoenix area's so-called "heat island." Public health officials say more than 150 deaths were attributed to the intense heat this summer, a number that has risen steadily for the p

Arizona health plans through the Affordable Care Act are available during open enrollment through Dec. 15. (Wikimedia Commons)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Open enrollment is under way for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Health care advocates say the Arizona marketplace has expanded since its 2018 offerings, which limited each county to plans from just one provider. This c

Kaiser Family Foundation polling shows health care is among voters' top concerns this election season. (agilemktg1/Flickr)

PHOENIX – As midterm elections approach, health care is proving to be a major issue on the minds of voters in Arizona and around the country. Americans are especially concerned about the rights of people with pre-existing conditions. About 27 percent of Americans ages 18-to-64 have some ki

In spite of uncertainty about the law's future, many Arizonans still rely on the Affordable Care Act marketplace for their health coverage. (Kathea Pinto/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Arizonans head to the polls this week for the state's primary election, and opinion polls suggest health care will be on the minds of many voters. Despite Trump administration efforts to weaken or defund parts of the Affordable Care Act, more than half of Americans say they don't w

Pediatric optometrists say an eye exam and a pair of glasses can make a dramatic difference in a child's academic performance. (Sir Leto/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Many Arizona kids are heading back to school this month, and doctors say when they return to the classroom it's important to make sure they can see well. About 80 percent of what a child learns at school happens visually. When children have undetected vision problems, said Dr. Amy D

Health care, Social Security and Medicare were all called

PHOENIX – Older voters in Arizona may determine the outcome of the November midterm election, and a new poll from AARP and Politico gives some insight into what concerns Arizonans over age 50 the most. The poll shows more than 70 percent of Arizona voters over 50 want the federal government

Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's about every 65 seconds, according to the Alzheimer's Association. (Jasmin Awad/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – AARP is investing $60 million in dementia and Alzheimer's disease research. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of dementia, and as the Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of cases nationwide is expected to grow. The investment is being made to honor AARP's 60th anniver

An AARP report says unpaid family caregivers provide the equivalent of more than $9 billion a year for the loved ones in their care. (Jasmin Awad/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans and 40 million people across the country serve as unpaid caregivers for sick or aging loved ones, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But who cares for the caregivers? A Phoenix nonprofit is trying to address that. An unpaid caregiver might be an

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