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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


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A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

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Medical care for a child with a life-threatening condition can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation can help families cover those expenses. (Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's something every parent fears: Their child has a life-threatening or chronic disease, and in addition to the stress of treatment, they often also face crushing medical bills. But for many of those families, there is a program to help them deal with out-of-pocket costs not cov

Getting a surprise medical bill is not uncommon in today's health-care system, but new legislation going into effect in 2022 could make them a thing of the past. (Damir Khabarov/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - Navigating the health-care system can be difficult on a good day - dealing with insurance companies, doctors, deductibles and copays is frustrating. But in a recent survey, Arizonans said getting a surprise medical bill after a hospital visit is at the top of their list. "Surprise

Thousands of Arizona renters could face eviction in January when both the federal eviction moratorium and CARES Act housing assistance are scheduled to end. (nito/Adobe Stock)

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Many Arizonans have used legal and financial assistance programs to keep a roof over their heads during the pandemic. However, advocacy groups say families behind on their rent could face a perfect storm Dec. 31, when the eviction moratorium and assistance programs both come to an

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides protection from deportation and other rights for thousands of immigrants brought into the United States as children. (vivalapenley/Adobe Stock)

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MESA, Ariz. -- Arizonans eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program are hopeful but cautious over a court ruling that could reverse a Trump administration policy that crippled the program. A federal judge last week declared the appointment of Chad Wolf as interim Sec

Childcare will be an important factor when Arizona parents need to return to work, but the COVID-19 crisis has sidelined many of the state's providers and caregivers. (lordn/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX -- Children's advocates say thousands of Arizona parents who've lost jobs in the pandemic can't return to work until public officials resolve the challenges facing the child-care industry. A report shows the COVID-19 crisis forced almost half of Arizona's licensed and regulated child-care p

More than 650,000 Arizona workers lost their jobs during the first three months of the COVID-19 crisis, while Arizona's billionaires made more billions. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- While hundreds of thousands of Arizona workers have been hurt by the economic impact of the pandemic, a new report has found that a few of their wealthy neighbors have done quite well. The Forbes "Billionaires Report" showed that Arizona's richest residents saw their net worth jump by $1

Public health officials say using contact tracers to notify people exposed to contagious diseases such as COVID-19 is a key weapon in their battle to slow the pandemic. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona is skyrocketing, putting hospitals on emergency status and prompting public health officers to look for ways to slow the spread. People are being encouraged to practice social distancing, wear face masks and, if they feel ill, get tested. B

Civilian Conservation Corps workers display the handmade signs they created to post along a newly constructed trail system in 1937 at the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona. (University of Arizona Library)

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Conservation groups say reviving the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps could help stimulate Arizona's economy by building critical infrastructure and providing jobs. Unemployment is the highest it's been in Arizona and across the nation since the 1930s. The CCC operated mo

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