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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - CO: Consumer Issues

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is set to launch a new program to help consumers navigate especially complex situations and to push back against unfair health-care costs and practices. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Coloradans could see another big increase in health insurance costs. Companies must submit next year's rate requests to the state's Division of Insurance by Friday. Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said moves made by the Trump ad

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor noted in Monday's decision that  cakeshop owner Jack Phillips violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law. (Jeffrey Beall)

DENVER – On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado cake shop owner who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, but also underscored that the Constitution does not give businesses open to the public the right to discriminate. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado C

As the cost of living in Colorado continues to rise, many families depend on food pantries just to get by. (Public Domain Pictures)

DENVER – Colorado farmers are set to see a big boost in local spending, and more residents will have access to their produce, after the state's Joint Budget Committee earmarked $500,000 for purchasing so-called Colorado Proud goods. Larry Martinez, associate director of Denver Inner City Par

Approximately 833,000 people drive for Uber in a year, which would account for 0.56 percent of all employment. But on average drivers work 17 hours per week and just three months. (Mark Warner)

DENVER – The nation is making progress toward full employment, according to recent data, but don't rush to attribute that to the so-called gig economy. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows the impact of tech companies such as Uber is overrated. Lawrence Mishel, a distingui

The average student debt load in 2017 was more than $39,000. Nearly 44 million Americans currently owe nearly $1.5 trillion in student loans. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As another school year draws to a close, a new survey shows a majority of high school juniors and nearly 40 percent of seniors say they are unprepared for managing and paying the cost of college. Kim McGrigg, director of communication for Junior Achievement’s Rocky Mountain ch

Colorado ranks 40th nationally in per-pupil spending largely because of TABOR, a state constitutional amendment that restricts spending. (Lena Howland/KOAA News 5)

PUEBLO, Colo. – Pueblo school teachers won't be heading back to their classrooms Wednesday, as Colorado's first teachers' strike in more than 20 years enters its third day. Suzanne Ethredge, president of the Pueblo Education Association, says the Pueblo School District can resolve the impass

Low-income children in Colorado are almost twice as likely to go without fruits and vegetables as are other kids. (Erik Scheel/Pexels)

DENVER – From May to October, a rainbow of locally grown produce arrives at farmers markets, and at some 85 locations across Colorado, food stamps are worth double for fruits and vegetables. The "Double Up Food Bucks" program allows SNAP recipients to use their EBT cards to get up to $20 in

Lyndsey Williams (r), director of La Puente's Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, speaks with Colorado Health Foundation President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller in Caņon City. (Sarah Skeen)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – Even with Colorado's overall robust economy, poverty, especially in rural areas, continues to be the leading driver of inequity when it comes to health. A recent Colorado Health Foundation event in Cañon City put a spotlight on innovative efforts under way to addr

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