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PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 


Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 


The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Public News Service - AZ: Livable Wages/Working Families

A new report shows Arizona has among the highest numbers of Latino children without health insurance in the country. (AndyDean/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The number of Latino children with health insurance in Arizona and many other states, which had improved steadily over past decades, is dropping. A new report by UnidosUS and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says Arizona had the fifth-highest number of un

The average public pension in Arizona provides a retirement income of $1,992 per month.  (gballgiggs/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Healthy pension plans for public workers help the Arizona economy, not just the retirees who get the checks, according to the latest research. Backers of Arizona's public pension system say their defined-benefit retirement plans are doing well, although critics have claimed that s

Most Arizona hourly workers, including food service, hospitality and retail employees, received a pay raise on Jan. 1, 2020, under the state's minimum wage law. (rentea/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Thousands of Arizona workers have gotten a pay raise this month, but not everyone is happy about it. A 2016 referendum raised the state's minimum wage over a four-year period to $12 an hour in 2020. It's given Arizona one of highest minimum-wage rates in the country, and economists

The Arizona Family Caregiver Grant Program would help family caregivers cover the cost of items such as wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars and other modifications. (Leonid/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – A bill pending before the Arizona State Legislature would help families pay some of the expenses of keeping a disabled relative at home. The measure, the Family Caregiver Grant Program, is specifically designed to help families care for relatives and keep them out of taxpayer-suppo

Energy efficiency inspections can save ratepayers hundreds of dollars a year on their electric bills. (Kossens/WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are calling for the Arizona Corporation Commission to restore and increase funding for energy efficiency programs at two of the state's major power utilities. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the programs represent a major benefit fo

Arizona health plans through the Affordable Care Act are available during open enrollment through Dec. 15. (Wikimedia Commons)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Open enrollment is under way for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Health care advocates say the Arizona marketplace has expanded since its 2018 offerings, which limited each county to plans from just one provider. This c

The majority of Arizona households making less than $20,000 a year spend more than half their earnings on rent. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Poverty in Arizona has declined slightly, but the rate of residents living in poverty in the state is still among the highest nationwide, according to a report just released. The Arizona Poverty Snapshot from Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition and the Coalition on Human Needs fi

As of 2016, the Navajo Generating Station was the 11th biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Eflon/Flickr)

PAGE, Ariz. – Members of the Navajo Nation are in New York City Monday to call attention to the fate of the biggest coal power plant in the West. The Navajo Generating Station in Northern Arizona is set to close next year. But New York investment firm Avenue Capital Group is considering buyi

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