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Hundreds of companies urge Trump to resolve tariff dispute with China. Also on our Friday rundown: California moves closer to universal health coverage. Plus, new Gulf restoration projects – a decade after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Public News Service - AZ: Poverty

AARP is pushing for Congress and state legislatures to crack down on the high cost of prescription drugs. (Flickr)

PHOENIX — Arizonans and all Americans are paying too much for prescriptions, according to the AARP. And now the organization has launched a campaign aimed at lowering drug prices. "Stop Rx Greed" is calling on Congress and state legislatures to crack down on unfair drug pricing that often pu

A new program aims to get low-income Arizona families more involved in their children's education. (Twenty20)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A new grant program aims to close the "achievement gap" for low-income Arizona students by getting their families involved in their education. The goal is to break the generational cycle of poverty by improving a child's academic outcomes. The five-year program will establis

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

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

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

The Vera Institute of Justice reports the number of women in U.S. jails has increased 14-fold since 1970, and a large portion of those women are simply awaiting trial. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Advocates say too many moms in Arizona will spend Mother's Day behind bars simply because they can't afford bail. And human rights groups are using the holiday to call for reform of the state's bail policies. Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) and the American Civil Libert

Landlords are supporting bills to make it harder for tenants to dispute the loss of a security deposit, and shorten the amount of time abandoned property must be stored. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – Two bills to tighten up rules on renters are up for debate in the Arizona Legislature this week - and anti-poverty groups are fighting to defeat them.

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