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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - AZ: Education

Immigrants make up 13% of Arizona's population, and an estimated 4% of the state's population is undocumented. (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Almost 24,000 undocumented young Arizonans rely on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA to live and work in the state. In July, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration's attempt to repeal DACA was unconstitutional, and legal experts say that decis

Most Arizona schools are reopening with students at home taking online classes, but districts still are required to provide free or reduced-cost meals for pickup by students who qualify for them. (Jannoon028/Adobe Stock)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As many Arizona schools reopen this week with online classes, school meals are among the logistical concerns putting a strain on district budgets. Schools must make free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches available to students who qualify. Most districts are packaging the meals

While most Arizona schools will reopen with online instruction this fall, there is still much debate over how and when students and teachers can return to the classroom. (vlsoot/Adobe Stock)<br />

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Arizona education officials have laid out benchmarks for returning to classrooms this fall, but many teachers have concerns over bringing kids back. Most Arizona school districts are reopening with online instruction, but groups of parents and some politicians are pushing for an

Educators say Arizona schools must be modified to provide social distancing and other COVID-19 safeguards before students can safely return to campus in the fall. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona educators say because COVID-19 brought an end to in-class instruction this spring, they fear the state's most vulnerable students are falling behind their classmates. While no one seems to know what a return to school might look like, educators believe students from lower-

More than 85,000 registered and practical nurses are working in Arizona, according to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. (Rawpixel.AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - A dramatic photo of an Intensive Care Unit nurse confronted by a protester calling the COVID-19 crisis a hoax brought national attention to the dedication Arizona's nurses bring to their jobs. During National Nurse Week, dozens of groups and individuals have honored the state's 85,

A school bus transports students through the Navajo Nation on U.S. Highway 89 in northern Arizona. Bus routes in rural school districts often cover more than 100 miles a day picking up and dropping off students. (Savola/Adobe Stock)

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Out in Arizona's wide-open spaces, dozens of rural school districts are struggling to serve their communities and often are challenged just to keep the doors open. A recent report by The Rural School and Community Trust found rural schools in Arizona and across the country

Almost half the water taps tested in Arizona schools were found to have unsafe levels of lead. (Phase4Photography/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – A consumer advocacy group says Arizona school districts need to do more to protect students, after the state found unsafe levels of lead in almost half the water taps tested in schools. The most recent study based on data from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality cites da

Arizona preschool advocates say a significant number of programs around the state have improved quality rankings over the past five years. (OksanaKosmina/Adobe)

PHOENIX — A national report out this week gives Arizona preschool programs poor marks, based mainly on low enrollment numbers. But an Arizona-based advocacy group, First Things First, says the national report from Rutgers University doesn't look at all the factors that show where Arizona presc

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