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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - AZ: Livable Wages/Working Families

PHOTO: Community health centers such as this one in Marana, Arizona, will be vital to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This year’s enrollment deadline is just over two weeks away. Photo credit: AACHC

PHOENIX – As the March 31 signup deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaches, hundreds of Arizona organizations and thousands of volunteers are working across Arizona to handle a last-minute surge of enrollments. Tara Plese, senior director of external affairs with Arizona Alliance for C

PHOTO: Phoenix mom Stacey Lihn (in green) waits to speak at Organizing for Action Arizona kick-off event in support of Obamacare. CREDIT: Doug Ramsey.

PHOENIX - The sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, starts next week. The Arizona branch of Organizing for Action has opened a campaign to encourage enrollment and counter what they say is misinformation being spread about the health-care program. Emergency medicine specialist

PHOTO: Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says state lawmakers have been raising expectations for schools, while Arizona has endured the third-highest cuts to K-12 education since the recession. CREDIT: CAA.<br />PHOTO: Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says state lawmakers have been raising expectations for schools, while Arizona has endured the third-highest cuts to K-12 education since the recession. CREDIT: CAA.<br /><br />PHOTO: Children’s Action Alliance president Dana N

PHOENIX – Since the recession began, only Oklahoma and Alabama have beaten Arizona when it comes to K-12 per student funding cuts, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The ranking comes in spite of a recent $82 million increase in state schools funding,

IMAGE: A new online tool from AARP can explain specific options for patients under the health care law. CREDIT: Microsoft images.

PHOENIX – Specific information about available options under the Affordable Care Act is only a few clicks away on a new website. AARP expects its Health Law Answers tool will help people cut through the clutter about the health care law. Cynthia Fagyas, spokeswoman for AARP Arizona, says to

IMAGE: A new report shows seniors have been hard hit by the Great Recession, according to AARP Arizona Director David Mitchell. CREDIT: AARP Arizona.

PHOENIX - Seniors have not escaped the Great Recession unscathed. A recent report from the AARP Public Policy Institute shows those age 65 and older have lower incomes and higher expenses than they did in 2008. Savings and home equity also have taken a hit. According to AARP Arizona state director

GRAPHIC: The Working Poor Families Project ranks Arizona 47th in the nation for working families who make less than two times the federal poverty level.

PHOENIX - The economic recovery has yet to reach half the Arizonans who lost their jobs in the Great Recession, according to a new study. The report from the Working Poor Families Project shows many of those who have found work still don't make enough to cover basic necessities. Arizona Community

PHOTO: Arizona has been granted two “solar zones” in a federal program to speed development of utility-scale solar plants.

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The U.S. Interior Department has approved a final plan to fast-track utility-size solar power plants at a pair of locations west of Phoenix. Greater Phoenix Economic Council President Barry Broome says solar gives Arizona the potential to solve its long-term economic issues by expor

PHOENIX - More Arizonans will be able to receive services from community health centers as the result of new funding from the Affordable Care Act. Four centers across the state will receive grants for expansion and improvements totaling nearly $7 million. Sun Life Family Health Center in Casa Gran

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