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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - AZ: Housing/Homelessness

Hundreds of thousands of lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic have left many Arizonans unsure how they'll make their next rent or mortgage payment. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic appears to be hitting the most vulnerable Arizonans the hardest. Aside from finding food, many newly unemployed, low-wage workers are concerned about keeping a roof over their heads. When stay-at-home orders were issued in March

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are threatening thousands of Arizonans who either are homeless or have lost a job and could lose their housing. (Tab61/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a frightening event for most Arizonans, but some say it's especially dangerous for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. About 8,000 Arizonans are without permanent shelter -- and thousands more have lost jobs and could join their ranks. A s

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

Seniors, a growing part of Arizona's homeless population, are stressing the resources of many social-service agencies. (Iakobchuk/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX - Being homeless can be difficult for anyone, but social-service agencies say it's particularly daunting for a growing number of older Arizonans. These agencies say about one-third of people seeking shelter or other assistance are age 55 or older, and while there are numerous reasons for se

Some of the residents of First Place AZ will be part of a

PHOENIX - New condo and apartment complexes under construction are a common sight in downtown Phoenix, but the project known as First Place AZ is different. The $15.3 million apartment building, which will open this summer, is designed for adults with autism. The plan includes numerous safety featu

Landlords are supporting bills to make it harder for tenants to dispute the loss of a security deposit, and shorten the amount of time abandoned property must be stored. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – Two bills to tighten up rules on renters are up for debate in the Arizona Legislature this week - and anti-poverty groups are fighting to defeat them.

The Census Bureau estimates Arizona gained about 100,000 new residents in 2014-15, most of them moving in from other states. (XiXinXing/iStockphoto)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's population, which has been somewhat stagnant for the past several years, has begun growing again. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates between July 2014 and 2015, the state added about 100,000 people, bringing its total population to around 6.8 million. George Hammond, direc

A new report says dozens of immigrants have died because of substandard medical care at ICE's Eloy Detention Center in Arizona and in other locations. (OpenSocietyFoundations.org)

PHOENIX - A new report says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are turning a blind eye to substandard medical care in the agency's immigration detention facilities, resulting in unnecessary deaths. The study by a coalition of advocacy groups singled out the Eloy Detention Center in

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