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PNS Daily Newscast - August 6, 2020 

Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.

2020Talks - August 6, 2020 

Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - AZ: Civic Engagement

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

Arizonans voted for their presidential preferences in March, but the rest of the candidates for the Nov. 4 election will be chosen in the Aug 4. primary. (3desc/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's August 4 primary election. Anyone who isn't currently registered or has moved since the last time they voted can sign up or update their information online with their country recorder if they have a valid Arizona driver's license or

The number of days in Arizona with extreme heat - at or above 110 degrees - was 24 in 2019, up by more than 60% since the 1970s. (Nate Hovee/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- New research finds while Arizona's blazing summer heat already is dangerous for seniors, COVID-19 could increase those hazards as older folks are encouraged to be especially careful to avoid potential infection. Public health officials, who note that three-quarters of Arizonans who have

A federal program to aid thousands of small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis has come under fire because the U.S. Treasury is refusing to say who's getting the funds. (Chansom Pantik/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- The federal government is spending billions of dollars to help small businesses in Arizona and elsewhere survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in an unprecedented move, the Trump administration is refusing to say just where all that money is going. Congress is conside

Public health officials say using contact tracers to notify people exposed to contagious diseases such as COVID-19 is a key weapon in their battle to slow the pandemic. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona is skyrocketing, putting hospitals on emergency status and prompting public health officers to look for ways to slow the spread. People are being encouraged to practice social distancing, wear face masks and, if they feel ill, get tested. B

More than 85,000 registered and practical nurses are working in Arizona, according to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. (Rawpixel.AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - A dramatic photo of an Intensive Care Unit nurse confronted by a protester calling the COVID-19 crisis a hoax brought national attention to the dedication Arizona's nurses bring to their jobs. During National Nurse Week, dozens of groups and individuals have honored the state's 85,

A new survey shows that since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the number of young people detained in juvenile-justice facilities has dropped by 24%. (Olena/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- As the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States last month, a new survey found the number of young people in secure detention centers fell by 24%. Arizona juvenile-justice officials report the number of detentions in the state also has dropped, but data isn't yet avai

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