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PNS Daily Newscast - July 17, 2018 


Trump says he is not buying U.S. intelligence as he meets with Putin. Also on the rundown: as harvest nears farmers speak out on tariffs; immigrant advocates say families should not be kept in cages; and a call for a deeper dive to the Lake Erie algae troubles.

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Public News Service - UT: Budget Policy & Priorities

Health insurance premiums in Utah are projected to rise by more than 18 percent in 2019, a faster increase than the national average. (Dr. Farouk/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utahns could see health insurance premiums increase by around $1,300 next year, according to new research by the Center for American Progress. The tax plan passed in Congress last year eliminated the individual mandate, which charged a tax penalty to people who didn't have hea

Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Grand County currently have $65 million in backlogged maintenance repair needs. (Luca_Galuzzi/Wikimedia Commons)

MOAB, Utah - During national Infrastructure Week, a coalition of business, conservation and veterans groups is calling on Congress to tackle an $11 billion backlog of deferred maintenance in America's national parks. Funds are needed to fix roads, trails, visitor centers, sewage systems, power line

A new study on afterschool programs found that nearly one in three Utah students living under the federal poverty level is at risk of continuing to live in poverty as adults. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – After-school programs are boosting academic performance for Utah students living below the federal poverty level, according to a new study by the Utah Education Policy Center. After participating in music, sporting or other organized activities for one to three years, kids m

Several colleges in Utah have opened food pantries to help address the growing challenges of food insecurity among students. (USDA)

SALT LAKE CITY - A growing number of college students in Utah and across the nation don't have enough money to buy food, according to a new national survey. It says nearly one in 10 community college students went without food for 24 hours in the past month. Researchers found that nearly half of co

About 20,000 Utah children depend on the CHIP program for medical coverage, but its federal funding could run out in March. (Children's Action Alliance)

SALT LAKE CITY — Groups that advocate for children's health are pleading with Congress to stop using the Children's Health Insurance Program as a bargaining chip in the showdown over funding the government. About 20,000 Utah children depend on it. The federal government shut down at midnight

A majority of the people incarcerated in Utah have less than a high school education. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new program spearheaded by the University of Utah is reviving higher education classes for incarcerated people at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, after a ten year hiatus. Erin Castro, an assistant professor at the University, is the driving force behind The Univ

Almost a third of older Americans who deduct medical expenses earn less than $50,000 a year. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Seniors could get a break from a looming "health tax" hike set to kick in next year, if a new bipartisan bill making its way through the U.S. Senate clears Congress. Laura Polacheck, communications director for AARP Utah, says the seniors advocacy group is working to educate

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments could be eliminated or reduced in size under a federal review that ends next week. (Josh Ewing)

BOULDER, Utah – Many Utah business owners and tribes are making a last-minute push to save the state's national monuments, under threat from a federal review that ends one week from today. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has until Aug. 24 to make recommendations on whether to shrink or re

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