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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - UT: Consumer

A group of Kanab citizens believed a planned fracking sand mine in the sandstone hills near the town would destroy the local environment. (spiritofamerica/AdobeStock)

KANAB, Utah -- A group of activists in the southern Utah town of Kanab have convinced a developer to abandon its plans to mine sand for oil and gas fracking operations. The group of ranchers, business owners, environmentalists and long-time residents fought a project by Southern Red Sands to mine

According to a national drug database, the cost of a vial of insulin can be $1,500 a month or higher for diabetics, 10 times what it was just a decade ago. (Young/AdobeStock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs has become a bipartisan issue among voters, and Utahns overwhelmingly back a plan to help diabetics overcome the cost of life-saving insulin. A new poll from UtahPolicy.com Y-2 Analytics finds 4 out of 5 registered voters would support

Starting Wednesday, about 60,000 more Utahns will become eligible for full Medicaid coverage after more than a year of wrangling over the program. (maxiporik/AdobeStock)

SALT LAKE CITY - Thanks to the state's "fallback plan," about 60,000 more Utahns will become eligible for Medicaid benefits on Wednesday. Federal officials last week approved a waiver for the state that includes a full Medicaid expansion with work-reporting requirements. That comes almost a year a

Open enrollment is under way through Dec. 15 for health insurance coverage for 2020 through the Affordable Care Act. Free assistance is available to Utahns through TakeCareUtah.org. (mdr/PNS) <br /><br />

SALT LAKE CITY – The enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is open in Utah, and advocates say if you are uninsured, you should check into it. Open enrollment for ACA health insurance began Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. There were almost 200,000 Utahns enr

Many new immigrants to the U.S. start out in low-wage jobs. Gina Cornia says that shouldn't count against them when they apply for green cards. (amira_a/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Many Utahns are speaking out this week following a Trump administration proposal to broaden the factors that determine which legal immigrants can get green cards. The so-called "Public Charge" rule would allow the government to consider whether legal immigrants have used, or a

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

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

Conservationists are protesting the Bureau of Land Management's determination that oil and gas development in an area adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument would have

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has paved the way for oil and gas drilling on more than 51,000 acres of public lands in southeastern Utah this week, by selling leases for areas close to Canyons of the Ancients, Bears Ears and Hovenweep National Monuments - best known for Na

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