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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 


Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


2020Talks - August 3, 2020 


Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Archive: March 18, 2020

Local governments are trying to find ways to help Minnesotans who are homeless protect themselves from coronavirus exposure, and also taking steps such as suspending water shutoffs for renters and homeowners. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Advocates for homeless Minnesotans say it isn't easy for people living on the streets or in shelters to protect themselves from the new coronavirus -- and local governments are responding to those concerns. This week, two of the state's most populous counties -- Hennepin and Rams ...Read More

To avoid stress during the COVID-19 crisis, mental-health experts suggest relying only on information from public health agencies and not social media. (Adobe Stock)

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Wisconsin residents are being urged to follow the advice of health experts and practice social isolation while keeping up on the latest news about COVID-19. But some providers say there are certain pitfalls to avoid -- including letting the troubling stream of news about the corona ...Read More

In addition to local agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says seniors staying at home because of COVID-19 can refill medications with a mail-order service. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Older Wisconsin residents are being asked to stay in their homes as a precaution against the new coronavirus, and they're being reminded to reach out for help as concern about the virus continues to grow. Seniors' groups say it can be hard for an older person living on their own to ...Read More

According to researchers at Duke University, more than 200,000 evictions have been filed in Durham County since 2000. (Adobe Stock)

DURHAM, N.C. -- The chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court has halted all eviction proceedings for 30 days, as many North Carolina residents face layoffs and lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On average, said Elizabeth Simpson, associate director of the group Emancipate N ...Read More

The Urban Institute estimates that as many as 36,900 New Mexico residents may go without being counted in the 2020 census. (May/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The new coronavirus health crisis has more people self-isolating, and that makes it a good time to complete your 2020 Census form. Census results will determine the allocation of $1.5 trillion in federal spending, as well as how many congressional seats each state gets. By fulf ...Read More

Criminal-justice groups say managing a highly contagious diseases such as coronavirus in prisons and detention centers is extremely difficult. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As state officials continually review and implement measures to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, criminal justice groups say the youths in conflict with the law should be a priority. Elizabeth Clarke, president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, contended that Illinoi ...Read More

A survey of Seattle-area small businesses this week found more than 40% might have to close entirely because of fallout from the novel coronavirus. (coolhand1180/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Small-business owners are on the front lines as the novel coronavirus exacts its economic toll. Washington state businesses have felt sharp and immediate pain since Gov. Jay Inslee's order to close bars and restaurants last week. Fresh Chalk, a Seattle-based online platform where people ...Read More

Schools and food pantries across Colorado are making boxes of food available to families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. (Billy Brown/Flickr)

DENVER -- School closures are affecting more than 700,000 students across Colorado, and schools, nonprofits and community groups are working together and getting creative to ensure that they can continue to get nutritious meals during the COVID-19 crisis. Paola Babb, community engagement and child ...Read More

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