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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - AZ: Urban Planning/Transportation

Auto manufacturers that support a Trump administration plan to relax EPA tailpipe emissions standards could be losing loyal customers, according to a new poll. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Carmakers that support a Trump administration plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency auto-emission standards could be alienating their customers, according to a poll from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Several car companies, including Toyota, are backing a lawsuit to prevent sta

A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund finds that converting to a fleet of electric buses can reduce emissions and lower operating costs. (ProterraCatalyst)<br /><br />

TUCSON, Ariz. – Many city buses pull away from a stop belching thick, black diesel smoke, leaving those behind them with burning eyes and a choking cough. But that's changing, as a new report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says more cities in Arizona and across

A Traffic HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) installed on a Phoenix street makes crossing the road safer for pedestrians. (City of Phoenix)

PHOENIX – With pedestrian deaths increasing rapidly in recent years, Arizona streets now rank as some of the most dangerous in the country. A new study by the advocacy group Smart Growth America ranks Arizona among the top 10 most dangerous for auto-pedestrian fatalities, with one section of

The Arizona Corporation Commission could make changes to its Electric Vehicle Policy Implementation Plan, designed to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road and expand the infrastructure to support them. (Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX - The Arizona Corporation Commission is looking to spur an increase in the number of electric vehicles on Arizona roads, despite efforts by oil companies to slow them down. The commission is to take up an Electric Vehicle Policy Implementation Plan today, designed to promote electric vehicl

Engineers say almost 20% of Arizona's 66,000 miles of roads and highways are in poor condition and in need of repairs. (Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX - After that pothole rattled your teeth on the drive to work this morning, you may be happy to hear that this is Infrastructure Week. Lawmakers are discussing ways to repair roadways, bridges, dams and other projects across the country that are crumbling from age and lack of maintenance. Th

Climate scientists and elected officials are looking for way to reduce the

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Government leaders and climate scientists are looking for ways to mitigate temperatures in the Phoenix area's so-called "heat island." Public health officials say more than 150 deaths were attributed to the intense heat this summer, a number that has risen steadily for the p

The city of Phoenix has purchased two Nissan Leafs and two Chevy Bolts through a nationwide program aimed at helping cities buy electric vehicles. (Noya Fields/Flickr)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix has four new electric vehicles in its municipal fleet, and could invest in many more. Phoenix is one of several cities around the country that has committed to combating climate change through the Climate Mayors coalition. In a new initiative, known as the Clima

A new analysis shows that when SUVs, pickups and crossovers increased gas mileage 15 percent, sales shot up 70 percent. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

PHOENIX – The Trump administration has proposed rolling back fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles in the United States, but a new report indicates that's not what consumers in Arizona or the rest of the country want. The analysis by the Consumer Federation of America showed that between 201

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