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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - CO: Welfare Reform

Raising SNAP or food-stamp benefits would lead to healthier diets for low-income families, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Giving low-income families a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities such as housing and transportation, according to new research. Increasing SNAP or food-stamp benefits by $30 per person per month also would help families

A new law designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food assistance in Colorado was signed last week by Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Hunger Free Colorado)

DENVER – Struggling Coloradans could face fewer barriers to accessing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Gov. John Hickenlooper last week signed a legislation designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the SNAP program and other

Only 23 percent of older Latinos have Medicare with supplemental coverage, compared to 50 percent of non-Latinos. Colorado groups are teaming up to change that. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto)

DENVER - Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, one-third of Latinos were uninsured, more than any other group. AARP Colorado has teamed up with AmeriCorps and the group Boomers Leading Change in Health to close the health coverage gap for Hispanic seniors in the Denver metro area. Alt

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DENVER - Homeless rights supporters will gather at the State Capitol on Wednesday to support what they're calling the "Right to Rest Act." House Bill 1191, sponsored by House Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), would nullify local laws making it illegal to sit or sleep in public spaces. Terese Howard

Hunger Through My Lens, a Colorado-based project that uses photography to spotlight the reality of hunger, has expanded onto the World Wide Web. (Hunger Free Colorado)

DENVER – Hunger Through My Lens, a Colorado-based project that uses photography to spotlight the realities of hunger, has expanded onto the World Wide Web. Bethany Howell, director of communications and engagement for La Puente, a group that assists homeless people and other community members

The spending bill working its way through Congress could erase modest gains in the fight against poverty, according to a new analysis. Credit: Bodnarchuk/iStockphoto.

DENVER – Poverty in Colorado dropped last year by a single percentage point, but nearly one in six children in the state still lives below the poverty line, according to a new analysis of U.S. census data by the equal pay women's advocacy group 9 to 5 Colorado. Bridget Kaminetsky, the group'

PHOTO: A new report finds that some 600,000 Colorado workers in low-wage jobs, such as food preparation and retail, don't earn enough to rise above the federal poverty line, which shifts the cost of health-care coverage and other public assistance programs to taxpayers. Photo credit: Jocian/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The number of jobs that don't pay full-time workers enough to get by are on the rise in Colorado, according to a new report. About 600,000 Coloradans earn less than $12 an hour, a wage that would put a family of four just above the federal poverty line. Chris Stiffler, economist with the

Denver, CO – Colorado's Congressional delegation may find itself at the center of a political storm this week. Seventh District Congressman Ed Perlmutter believes that, for the first time in George Bush's presidency, Congress may succeed in overriding a Presidential veto. The S-CHIP funding bi

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