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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - AZ: Budget Policy & Priorities

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund advises never to give out financial information by phone or online, especially if you don't know who you're talking with. (daisy/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- It may seem like there's always a new scam making the rounds to try to take Arizonans' hard-earned money or steal their identity, and in this coronavirus pandemic, there are more schemes than ever to watch out for. With so much upheaval in the economy, con artists are looking to take adv

Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix, also known as the Papago Freeway, is the heaviest-traveled section of road in the state. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- After a couple years of wrangling, the Trump administration's policy easing fuel-efficiency standards for new cars has gone into effect. The plan rolls back an Obama-era rule to cut emissions 5% a year by 2026, trimming that annual reduction to just 1.5%. Opponents have said the rollback

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

Arizona's Gila monster is an example of the type of species wildlife officials say they would protect under the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. (National Park Service)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A bipartisan bill designed to proactively manage wildlife species to keep them off the Endangered Species List will be waiting for lawmakers when Congress reconvenes next week. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would dedicate $1.4 billion annually toward voluntary conservati

Arizona stands to get about $8.4 million of the $425 million Congress has allocated to shore up election security ahead of the 2020 presidential vote. (Popov/AdobeStock)<br /><br /><br />

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The 2020 federal budget deal approved by Congress this week has $425 million earmarked to strengthen election security across the country. Arizona is scheduled to get $8.4 million from the fund, but state officials say it's too early to tell how they will spend it. The Brennan Cen

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

Tens of thousands of grizzly bears used to range from northern Mexico to Alaska, but unregulated hunting has reduced their number to less than 2,000, putting them on the Endangered Species List. (National Park Service)

TUCSON, Ariz. – An Arizona-based conservation group is suing the Trump administration to force it to update the federal recovery plan for grizzly bears. According to the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, grizzlies currently range in and around Yellowstone and Glacier national parks

The Arizona Children’s Health Insurance Program, also called KidsCare, had a steady enrollment this past year, and its funding was continued by the Arizona Legislature. (skeeze/Pixabay)

PHOENIX – Children's advocates say funding in the 2020 state budget for the Children's Health Insurance Program is a major win for Arizona children. There was concern going into the recent legislative session that when Arizona was required to kick in a portion of the cost, some conservative

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