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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 

Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; social-service organizations brace for a surge in homelessness.

2020Talks - August 3, 2020 

Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - AZ: Women's

Pets are proven to improve their owner's health. Credit: Arizona Humane Society

MESA, Az. - Statistics show pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rates. So this weekend the the AARP and the Arizona Humane Society are teaming up let pet owners show their animals some love. The groups are co-hosting a "Paws for Your Pets" event in Mesa on Saturday. Cynthia

Rebekah Friend, Arizona AFL-CIO executive director, thinks Arizonans comment on the U.S. Labor Department's proposal to extend overtime benefits to more workers. Credit: Arizona AFL-CIO

PHOENIX - The state's top union official thinks Arizonans should offer their input on the U.S. Labor Department's proposed update to the "overtime rule" before the comment period ends in early September. The overtime rule, which raises the overtime pay threshold to people making slightly more than

PHOTO: Hundreds of postcards from across the state are being sent to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey expressing concern about this year's budget cuts to education, child care and other programs. Photo credit: Troy Wilde.

PHOENIX – Funding cuts to education, child care and other programs resulting from this year's legislative session continue to draw protests from around Arizona. Several nonprofit organizations held a press conference in Phoenix on Wednesday to show hundreds of postcards from Arizonans being s

PHOTO: An Arizona law which requires doctors to tell their patients that medication abortions may be reversible is facing a legal challenge from Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

PHOENIX - Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights are suing to stop an Arizona law from taking effect that critics say forces doctors to lie to their patients that medication abortions may be reversible. Dr. llana Addis, who chairs the Arizona Section of the American Con


PHOENIX - Women in Arizona and everywhere are encouraged to take the time to take better care of their health. That's the message attached to National Women's Health Week, which is this week. Dr. DeShawn Taylor, a gynecologist with Desert Star Family Planning in the Phoenix area, says it's critical

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo

PHOTO: Young women who use long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) experience much lower rates of birth, pregnancy, and abortion, according to a new

PHOENIX - Young women in Arizona and elsewhere who use long-acting, reversible contraception, also known as "LARC," have rates of pregnancy, birth, and abortion much lower than the national rates for sexually-active teens. That's the finding of the "Contraceptive CHOICE Project," a study funded by

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby will not have to pay for insurance coverage for certain contraception procedures for its employees following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

PHOENIX - Family-planning advocates in Arizona are reacting to Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favors Hobby Lobby in its objection, on religious grounds, to paying for insurance coverage for certain contraceptive procedures for its employees under the Affordable Care Act. The five-to-four

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