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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - AR: Social Justice

Arkansas is seeing a huge response to the Private Option, something other states are seeing when they offer healthcare coverage to the working poor in other ways.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The strong demand Arkansas is seeing for the Private Option health insurance jibes with the experience in other states that are offering health care coverage to the working poor. Some 55,000 people responded positively to the first Private Option outreach efforts by the state. In

The state AARP and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are working this week to get hungry seniors the nutrition benefits they deserve.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Federal figures say one Arkansas senior in four is at risk of not getting enough to eat, but this week two nonprofits are doing something about it. According to the USDA, nearly a quarter of Arkansas' senior citizens live at the edge of hunger. That's why the Arkansas AARP and th

GRAPHIC: Economists looking at the effects of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour say people often have mistaken ideas about who would be helped. Courtesy EPI.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Fast-food workers have been agitating for a raise and some in Congress are pressing to increase the minimum wage. But what would the actual economic impact be of a boost for the lowest-paid workers? Critics have charged that raising the minimum wage would mostly help teenagers,

Oscar Perez is in the U.S. without permission, but since coming to this country at 17 he's built a life and business that presently employs three. PHOTO of Oscar and his children at home, courtesy of Amanda Perez.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Behind all the immigration debates and statistics are real people, such as Amanda Paris Perez. Perez was born and raised in Rogers and still lives there, taking care of her two young children and helping her husband, Oscar, run a small construction firm. Oscar slipped i

A cut in SNAP benefits this fall will reduce food subsides for Arkansas' low-wage families, according to the state's food banks. PHOTO of a mobile SNAP enrollment truck courtesy of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A cut in food stamps coming this fall is expected to land especially hard on Arkansas's working poor. A temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enacted to stimulate the economy is set to expire in ten weeks. Critics charge that food stamps are to

Supporters say immigration reform would help not only the migrant families, but would also boost the state's economy. PHOTO courtesy of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Supporters of immigration reform say it would not only help the Arkansas economy, it would also bring in millions more in state and local taxes. According to the non-partisan, non-profit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Arkansas already collects more than $70 million a

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Maryland has become the latest state to repeal its death penalty, and a half-dozen others are considering doing so, including Arkansas. New legislation (HB 2166 and SB 1055) in the state House and Senate would give maximum life sentences instead. Arkansas hasn't executed anyone

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