PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 

The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 2, 2020 

Richmond, Virginia joins other states removing its Confederate monuments, despite ardent resistance from the president. Plus, Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Pentagon spending bill requiring campaigns to report foreign help.

Public News Service - AZ: Consumer

Consumer advocates say President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission is a former chemical industry lobbyist who specializes in cutting regulations. (gustavofrazao/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Consumer advocates in Arizona and elsewhere are expressing concern over the Trump administration's choice to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The nominee, Nancy Beck, is a longtime lobbyist for the American Chemistry Council, and has spent the past three years in Washi

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, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, almost 80% of Arizona children have not seen a pediatrician. (rawpixel/AdobeStock)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - While Arizonans wait for medical research to develop a cure for new coronavirus, health officials are concerned that children are missing out on other, important health care and screenings. An American Academy of Pediatrics survey indicates about eight in ten Arizona children h

Hundreds of thousands of lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic have left many Arizonans unsure how they'll make their next rent or mortgage payment. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic appears to be hitting the most vulnerable Arizonans the hardest. Aside from finding food, many newly unemployed, low-wage workers are concerned about keeping a roof over their heads. When stay-at-home orders were issued in March

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans have lost their jobs during the pandemic crisis and are facing high electric bills caused by Arizona's scorching summer climate. (RobertKeenan/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- Arizona consumer groups want regulated power utilities to use cost savings from lower power demand during the pandemic to provide emergency aid to ratepayers. The coalition is asking the Arizona Corporation Commission to prevent the state's largest private power utilities from using fun

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are threatening thousands of Arizonans who either are homeless or have lost a job and could lose their housing. (Tab61/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a frightening event for most Arizonans, but some say it's especially dangerous for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. About 8,000 Arizonans are without permanent shelter -- and thousands more have lost jobs and could join their ranks. A s

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund advises never to give out financial information by phone or online, especially if you don't know who you're talking with. (daisy/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- It may seem like there's always a new scam making the rounds to try to take Arizonans' hard-earned money or steal their identity, and in this coronavirus pandemic, there are more schemes than ever to watch out for. With so much upheaval in the economy, con artists are looking to take adv

Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix, also known as the Papago Freeway, is the heaviest-traveled section of road in the state. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- After a couple years of wrangling, the Trump administration's policy easing fuel-efficiency standards for new cars has gone into effect. The plan rolls back an Obama-era rule to cut emissions 5% a year by 2026, trimming that annual reduction to just 1.5%. Opponents have said the rollback

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