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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - AZ: Community Issues and Volunteering

A group of nurses and other health care workers show off protective masks made for them by Arizona volunteers. (Mask-Making-4-AZ)

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- One Arizona woman's call for help to sew masks for health care workers has gone viral and has grown into a group of almost 500 volunteers from across the state. A post a little more than a week ago drew an overwhelming response and led to the formation of the Facebook group Mask

A volunteer helps distribute groceries last week at the Help Yourself Food Co-op, held every Friday in Mesa. It is sponsored by United Food Bank, part of the Arizona Food Bank Network and Feeding America. (United Food Bank photo)

MESA, Ariz. -- As the full effect of the coronavirus sets in, thousands of people in Arizona have been sent home from their jobs to wait out the pandemic. And without paychecks, many will need help putting food on the table. Because of that, the state's food banks are gearing up to provide more me

Certified volunteers with the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program help almost 50,000 Arizonans file their federal and state income taxes each year. (rogerphoto/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- No one really looks forward to doing their taxes this time of year, but most Arizonans can get that chore taken care of at no cost, through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The service is designed to help seniors and low- to moderate-income Arizonans. But with a few exception

More than 150 Arizonans attended the dedication of AARP Arizona’s new fitness park at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in north Phoenix. (AARP Arizona)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – AARP is just one organization that wants Arizonans to be fit and healthy, and the group dedicated an outdoor fitness park in north Phoenix this week to help. In conjunction with the nonprofit group "FitLot," AARP Arizona sponsored construction of the park, which contains exe

A U.S. Border Patrol officer opens and drains a water bottle left by No More Deaths volunteers to help migrants in the Agua Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in 2017. (NoMoreDeaths)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Government prosecutors in Tucson federal court are set to open a retrial today of a humanitarian aid worker who helped migrants in the Arizona desert. The original trial of Scott Warren on charges related to providing food, water and shelter to undocumented migrants ended in Ju

Arizona is affected by several aspects of climate change, including dangerously high temperatures, unhealthy air quality and towering, blinding dust storms called “haboobs.” (mdesigner125/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Younger generations often blame Baby Boomers for ruining the environment, but an organization of seniors in Arizona and elsewhere is taking up the charge to combat climate change. Elders Climate Action Arizona is made up of people 50 and older dedicated to changing policies t

Fannie Shorthair stands in front of her house in the Navajo Nation, which has been without electric power for her entire life. (Salt River Project)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Crews from the Salt River Project and other power utilities are leaving this weekend to install electric power for the first time to thousands of homes in the Navajo Nation. The effort, known as "Light Up Navajo," will wire more than 15,000 homes in northeast Arizona and

Ironwood Tree Experience's American Experience program takes Arizona teens hiking and backpacking through iconic western landscapes. (Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. — What's the best way to ensure a future with healthy, sustainable communities? For one Arizona nonprofit, the answer was obvious: train young people to take care of the environment. Nine Arizona teenagers recently returned from a two-week trip through Arizona and southern Colo

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