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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 

Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.

2020Talks - October 1, 2020 

Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Public News Service - AZ: Civic Engagement

Election officials say they expect a record number of Arizonans to use the option of mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tomorrow (Tuesday) is National Voter Registration Day, designed to remind those who haven't yet signed up to register to vote. With an important election coming up in six weeks, political observers are advising Arizonans to make a plan now on how they will vote. Sarah Vonck, lead

Census 2020 workers and volunteers are making last-minute, in-person contacts with Arizona households in hopes of completing the once-a-decade population tally by Oct. 31. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- With just a few weeks left to complete the 2020 census, groups representing Arizona's historically undercounted residents say they're making a major effort to ensure they are fully represented. The final count will determine how billions of federal dollars are distributed for health, soc

Studies show as many as one in four voters say they don't always trust the accuracy of the news stories in their social media inboxes. (Drobot Dean/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- For anyone who uses social media, it's a fact of modern life that some of the stories that come your way as news are either partially or totally false. With the presidential election just weeks away, media watchers say voters can expect to receive a flood of news items featuring ca

Arizona is among the states that allow early absentee and mail-in voting in most elections. Arizona voters must request a mail-in ballot from their country recorder, if that is their preference. (National Conference of State Legislatures/Flickr)

PHOENIX -- All sides of the political spectrum are calling the 2020 November General Election one of the most important in American history. With seniors the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis, groups like AARP say there are steps older Arizonans can take to make sure their votes count and to r

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Women earned the right to vote 100 years ago today with passage of the 19th Amendment. On this Women's Equality Day, however, how close to "equality" women have come in Arizona and across the country may depend on who you ask. A new WalletHub study has ranked Arizona fifth-highest

Whitewater kayaking is one of dozens of activities outdoor enthusiasts participate in on public lands in states in the Mountain West. (VAIR PRO/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Conservationists say as the Trump administration continues its assault on public lands, they are looking to rally members of what is called the "outdoors voting bloc" to the polls in November. Aaron Weiss, deputy director of the Denver-based Center for Western Priorities, said the group

Arizona Public Service is a publicly held energy corporation that serves 2.7 million Arizonans in 11 counties. (Paul/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Ratepayers in 11 Arizona counties have the opportunity this week to comment on a controversial $184 million rate increase proposed by Arizona Public Service. The Arizona Corporation Commission is accepting telephone-only comments at a hearing on the pending case between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Mo

The Sierra Club's 2020 Environmental Report Card evaluates how Arizona lawmakers voted on conservation and environmental issues in this year's legislative session. (paul/Adobe Stock)

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It's no secret that the Arizona Legislature is divided firmly along partisan lines, but the contrast may be most evident in how lawmakers vote on environmental issues. The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club has issued its annual Environmental Report Card, grading how state of

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