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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - AZ: Health

Public health officials say, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, almost 80% of Arizona children have not seen a pediatrician. (rawpixel/AdobeStock)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - While Arizonans wait for medical research to develop a cure for new coronavirus, health officials are concerned that children are missing out on other, important health care and screenings. An American Academy of Pediatrics survey indicates about eight in ten Arizona children h

Crews fighting wildfires will have to add social distancing and sanitizing equipment to their skill set in order to battle blazes this year. (bekireveren/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. - Fighting wildfires in Arizona and across the West is a daunting task in a normal year. But add the new coronavirus into the mix, and emergency officials say they've had to develop a brand-new game plan. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the American Red

Despite a state-backed

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite calls for more transparency over COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Arizona officials are refusing to release details of those establishments. AARP Arizona and others have called on the state to name facilities with significant coronavirus outbreaks and deaths

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,

The addition of live operators to handle COVID-19 calls on the 211 Arizona help line might mean the service could be fully restored when the crisis is over. (AtstockProductions/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- There's some cautious optimism that a new COVID-19 referral service could restore the '211 Arizona' help line to full operation again. After losing most of its funding in 2008, the social services hotline has been only a digital phone tree with no live operators. And an anti-abor

Arizonans already have the option to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted officials to propose extending mail-in ballots to all voters, for both the 2020 primary and general elections. (Darylann/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- Voting-rights advocates say partisan politics are blocking Arizona elections officials from allowing all voters in the state to use mail-in ballots in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Some 80% of Arizona voters already cast their ballots by mail, but Republicans in the state Legislatu

Medical officials say the COVID-19 pandemic has created a critical shortage of blood for transfusions at U.S. hospitals. (NewAfrica/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Opponents of a longtime rule limiting gay and bisexual men's ability to donate blood say a change in U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations is welcome, but doesn't go far enough. The ruling shortens the waiting period to donate blood for these groups of men from one year to

Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix, also known as the Papago Freeway, is the heaviest-traveled section of road in the state. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- After a couple years of wrangling, the Trump administration's policy easing fuel-efficiency standards for new cars has gone into effect. The plan rolls back an Obama-era rule to cut emissions 5% a year by 2026, trimming that annual reduction to just 1.5%. Opponents have said the rollback

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