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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2020 


COVID-19 reported to be on the rise in more than 30 states; and will Supreme Court nomination tilt U.S. Senate races?


2020Talks - September 21, 2020 


Biden pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump plans to announce his replacement nominee this week. Plus, early voting in four states.

Public News Service - AZ: Family/Father Issues

Childcare will be an important factor when Arizona parents need to return to work, but the COVID-19 crisis has sidelined many of the state's providers and caregivers. (lordn/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX -- Children's advocates say thousands of Arizona parents who've lost jobs in the pandemic can't return to work until public officials resolve the challenges facing the child-care industry. A report shows the COVID-19 crisis forced almost half of Arizona's licensed and regulated child-care p

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 parents' advocacy group says many divorcing couples can avoid messy child custody fights if state courts make equal access the first option for families.<br />(fizkes/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – A parents' rights group rates Arizona one of the top states for policies that encourage shared parenting in child custody cases. The National Parents Organization recently issued a report card on family court policies that gave more than a third of U.S. states a failing grade for n

Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's about every 65 seconds, according to the Alzheimer's Association. (Jasmin Awad/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – AARP is investing $60 million in dementia and Alzheimer's disease research. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of dementia, and as the Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of cases nationwide is expected to grow. The investment is being made to honor AARP's 60th anniver

Petra Falcon gathered with community members and religious leaders Friday in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Phoenix to speak out against the separation of migrant children from their families. (Katherine Davis-Young/PNS)

PHOENIX — Immigration rights advocates in Arizona and around the country are continuing to speak out against the Department of Homeland Security’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. About 2,000 children were separated from their families at the U.S./Mexico border

The Vera Institute of Justice reports the number of women in U.S. jails has increased 14-fold since 1970, and a large portion of those women are simply awaiting trial. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Advocates say too many moms in Arizona will spend Mother's Day behind bars simply because they can't afford bail. And human rights groups are using the holiday to call for reform of the state's bail policies. Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) and the American Civil Libert

Groups supporting DACA recipients are rallying in Phoenix at 6 P.M. today.

PHOENIX – Jewish groups in Arizona are holding a rally this evening in Phoenix to show their support for the "Dreamers" - people who were brought to the U.S. as children. The DACA program, which gives them legal status, expires next Monday, and so far there is no agreement in Congress to hel

A bill to give family caregivers a tax credit has passed the two committees in the state House of Representatives, but has yet to get a floor vote. (AARP)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans are caregivers for an older relative, and senior groups are pushing state legislators for passage of a bill to give them a tax credit. House Bill 2087 would give people who spend at least $2,000 on aids such as adding a ramp to the home – a credit o

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