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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: Livable Wages/Working Families

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A leading children's advocate says the tentative Arizona state budget agreement is not as bad as the earlier version from the state Republican leadership. But she says there are still large cuts that would impact the most vulnerable people in the state, the kids. Dana Naimar

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona social workers say the state's safety net will be shredded if the budget standoff forces a partial government shutdown next week. Carol Stambaugh, Arizona director for the National Association of Social Workers, says so-called non-essential services will be suspended, inc

Phoenix, AZ – A summer project for everyone – spend some time volunteering. It's the call going out today as President Obama kicks off his "United We Serve" initiative. Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the Arizona Community Action Association, says that, with the state's struggling e

Phoenix, AZ - Assistant House Democratic leader Kyrsten Sinema is one of 32 state lawmakers recently selected to help President Obama craft his health care reform plan. Sinema says she'll carry the message that Arizonans like having choices in their health plans, and aren't keen on health care refor

Flagstaff, AZ - As foreclosures rise and home prices drop, analysts say first-timers are becoming the largest segment of the surging Arizona home-buyers market. Helen Ferrell heads Both Hands, a nonprofit housing agency in Flagstaff. She says the trend started when mortgage interest rates dropped as

Phoenix, AZ – Large cuts in the state budget aren't just affecting Arizona government agencies and state workers; there's a ripple effect also hitting private firms with state contracts. One example is Arizona-based Human Resource Training Incorporated, which contracts with the state to prov

Phoenix, AZ – President Obama is urging states to allow laid-off workers to get education and training without having to give up their unemployment checks; going to school would qualify as actively seeking work. Arizona AFL-CIO executive director Rebekah Friend says the change would benefit

Phoenix, AZ – Legalizing the estimated 200,000 undocumented workers in Arizona would improve wages and working conditions for all workers in the state, according to a new report. Angela Kelley, director of the nonpartisan Immigration Policy Center (IPC), says her organization has pulled togeth

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