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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - AZ: Rural/Farming

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

Almost 1 million Arizonans lack access to high-speed internet service, but state officials hope a grant program will help close that digital divide. (Funtap/Adobe Stock) <br /><br />

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. - Most people don't think twice about logging onto the internet to take an online class or watch a movie - but for almost a million Arizonans, that's a near impossibility. For rural areas or poor neighborhoods, affordable broadband internet service often is unavailable. The S

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

Fannie Shorthair stands in front of her house in the Navajo Nation, which has been without electric power for her entire life. (Salt River Project)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Crews from the Salt River Project and other power utilities are leaving this weekend to install electric power for the first time to thousands of homes in the Navajo Nation. The effort, known as "Light Up Navajo," will wire more than 15,000 homes in northeast Arizona and

A study of Arizona third graders finds that students who live in poverty or attend rural schools face the biggest obstacle to attaining age-appropriate literacy. (smgu3/Twenty20)

PHOENIX — A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read. The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key m

A new report finds that more problems with the food supply are getting past federal inspectors. (FDA)

PHOENIX – A new report concludes that federal health officials need to do more to protect the U.S. food supply. According to the report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund, the number of recalls for tainted food increased between 2013 and 2018, with recalls

Newly legalized hemp, marijuana's non-hallucinogenic cousin, could become an alternative crop to cotton for Arizona farmers. (WikimediaCommons)

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – Arizona cotton farmers, who soon may be looking for crops that use less water, could switch to industrial hemp. The hemp plant is a relative of marijuana, and both Arizona and the federal government recently passed laws allowing the commercial growing, interstate sale and

The protected area includes 230 acres of cottonwood-willow forest along the Verde River corridor. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Arizona's Verde River provides water to many rural communities and about 3 million people in the Phoenix area. This week, groups reached a deal to protect a portion of the river. Amid a years-long drought, a diverse set of public and private groups are teaming up to ensu

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