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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - AZ: Social Justice

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

A U.S. Border Patrol officer opens and drains a water bottle left by No More Deaths volunteers to help migrants in the Agua Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in 2017. (NoMoreDeaths)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Government prosecutors in Tucson federal court are set to open a retrial today of a humanitarian aid worker who helped migrants in the Arizona desert. The original trial of Scott Warren on charges related to providing food, water and shelter to undocumented migrants ended in Ju

The ACLU of Arizona is challenging a law that requires defendants in some cases to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitors or await their trial date in jail. (wavebreakmedia/Adobe Stock)

KINGMAN, Ariz. — An Arizona appeals court has ruled a defendant whose trial is pending cannot be forced to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitoring or wait in jail. The ACLU of Arizona challenged before the Arizona Court of Appeals the case of a man who was released while awaiting trial, cou

Today (Friday) is World Press Freedom Day, created by the United Nations to support the free flow of information around the world. (Razihusen/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Today is United Nations' World Press Freedom Day, and events are planned across the globe. However, journalists and other experts see recent events as more proof that that Americans should consider how to protect their own press freedoms. Despite constitutional protections, t

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

Some Arizonans who carry a legal medical marijuana card have been arrested on drug charges over their use of processed marijuana products. (Twenty20)

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A technical glitch in Arizona's medical marijuana law is landing some card-carrying cannabis patients in jail. But a proposed new law could address that pitfall. Law enforcement officials in Yavapai County have arrested and convicted at least two people carrying state-issue

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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