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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - UT: Poverty Issues

Crossroads Urban Center says more than half of all Salt Lake City residents don't make enough to afford renting an average-priced, two-bedroom house or apartment. (Nate Bolt/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The cost of buying or renting a home in Utah has been on the rise for years. Now, affordable-housing advocates say state government needs to take action before Utah reaches a crisis point. The Alliance for a Better Utah and Crossroads Urban Center have launched a joint campai

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

This week's Scouting for Food drive is looking for non-perishable donations, including peanut butter, canned beans, boxed meals, and canned fruits and vegetables. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – Shelves in food banks across Utah are getting pretty thin after the holiday rush, and the Boy Scouts of America are on the job. This week marks the 32nd annual Scouting for Food campaign, where some 180,000 scouts, troop leaders and parents will be going door-to-door across

New research suggests that communities that are able to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds tend to have less hate. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – Hate is a national phenomenon, but the way hate is directed varies depending on where you live, according to new research from the University of Utah. A team of geographers mapped the patterns of active hate groups in more than 360 counties across the United States in 2014, a

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

Having health insurance has been associated with better health, increased work capacity and higher earnings. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Trump administration's recent decision to add work requirements for people with Medicaid benefits may sound reasonable, but critics say the move would end up taking health insurance away from more than six million Americans, including 97,000 Utahns. Stacy Stanford, a hea

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SALT LAKE CITY – Proponents of a new statewide ballot initiative are in the signature-collecting phase, and say they hope to bring local control to the health care debate. The "Utah Decides Healthcare" proposal would expand Medicaid coverage to individuals and families in Utah with incomes be

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