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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2019 


Sen. Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race for president. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: Tuition or meals? We take you to a state where college students fight food insecurity. Plus, another state's attempt to legalize hemp.

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Public News Service - AZ: Livable Wages/Working Families

Energy efficiency inspections can save ratepayers hundreds of dollars a year on their electric bills. (Kossens/WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are calling for the Arizona Corporation Commission to restore and increase funding for energy efficiency programs at two of the state's major power utilities. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the programs represent a major benefit fo

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

The majority of Arizona households making less than $20,000 a year spend more than half their earnings on rent. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Poverty in Arizona has declined slightly, but the rate of residents living in poverty in the state is still among the highest nationwide, according to a report just released. The Arizona Poverty Snapshot from Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition and the Coalition on Human Needs fi

As of 2016, the Navajo Generating Station was the 11th biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Eflon/Flickr)

PAGE, Ariz. – Members of the Navajo Nation are in New York City Monday to call attention to the fate of the biggest coal power plant in the West. The Navajo Generating Station in Northern Arizona is set to close next year. But New York investment firm Avenue Capital Group is considering buyi

An estimated 50,000 teachers marched to the Arizona Capitol last spring to demand more public education funding. (Arizona Education Association/Flickr)

PHOENIX — Teachers nationwide are wearing red today in support of public education. Here in Arizona, educators are vowing to continue to fight for better schools in the state, despite an education funding initiative that was blocked from ballots. The state Supreme Court last week removed an

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

In a recent vote, nearly 80 percent of Arizona teachers said they wanted to strike rather than accept Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed plan to boost salaries. (Katherine Davis-Young/Public News Service)

PHOENIX, Ariz – Public school teachers across Arizona plan to walk out of their classrooms Thursday to demand higher wages and better funding for schools. The latest economic research suggests teachers have valid reasons to feel left behind. Arizona teachers make just 63 cents on the dollar

Low pay leads to staff retention problems. Nearly three-quarters of Arizona schools have teacher shortages, according to Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (Andy Blackledge/Flickr)

PHOENIX - They're calling them "walk-ins," as Arizona teachers across the state protest today to demand higher pay. About 1,000 public schools are expected to participate. Teachers, along with staff, parents and community members, have said they'll march arm-in-arm into schools before the start of

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