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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - AZ: Budget Policy & Priorities

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is just one of many projects supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A federal fund that helps protect national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public spaces around the country is set to expire 100 days from Friday. Arizona business owners, outdoor enthusiasts and lawmakers are asking Congress to renew the program. For more than 50 years,

Under previous law, the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions had to regularly examine the state's banks and money lenders. With a new state law, that won't be the case. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Federal rules on high interest payday loans are set to tighten up since Congress allowed a deadline to pass without changing the regulations. The new rules will require short-term lenders to determine if the borrower can afford a loan, and limit the number of loans a person could t

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

U.S. Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. talked tax reform at an event in Phoenix on Tuesday. (Office of Rep. Pelosi)

PHOENIX – The Democratic Party road show on tax reform makes a stop in Tucson Wednesday – one day after a similar town hall event in Phoenix featuring Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona. It's part of a 100-stop nationwide tour to explain the tax bill just pa

Wednesday, conservation groups are pressing their concerns about maintaining clean energy, water and air with lawmakers at the State Capitol.(gnagel/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Arizona conservation groups say they hope to beat back moves to transfer public lands to state control and to over pump Arizona's rivers. Those are among the hot issues on this Environmental Day at the State Legislature. After a 9 a.m. rally at the Capitol, the large coalition of

Latino groups gathered Tuesday evening in Phoenix to watch the State of the Union address. (Promise Arizona)

PHOENIX – Progressive groups in Arizona are giving President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night mostly negative reviews, saying they like the points he made about prison reform and lowering drug prices, but were deeply disappointed in his approach to other big issues, incl

A bill to give family caregivers a tax credit has passed the two committees in the state House of Representatives, but has yet to get a floor vote. (AARP)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans are caregivers for an older relative, and senior groups are pushing state legislators for passage of a bill to give them a tax credit. House Bill 2087 would give people who spend at least $2,000 on aids such as adding a ramp to the home – a credit o

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