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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - AZ: Consumer

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

Over the past decade, the Arizona Efficiency Standard has provided utility customers with rebates for items such as air conditioner repairs and upgrades, home insulation and smart thermostats. (LisaYoung/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Corporation Commission has received high marks for many of its recent policies benefiting the state's ratepayers. But as the commission, which regulates the state's public utilities, opens a two-day workshop on energy rules this week, the state's Energy Efficiency Standard pro

A visit to the emergency room or other health care facility - even if it is in your insurance network - can result in a huge, surprise out-of-network bill. (CLShebley/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- Patient advocates say an Arizona program to resolve surprise medical bills is a good start but doesn't go far enough to help struggling consumers. The state-run program offers mediation between patients and providers to resolve out-of-network bills incurred at an in-network facility. In

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

When you shop for groceries, do you know where to look in the store to find out about product recalls? A new report says most supermarkets do a poor job of sharing this information. (shock/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Most Americans aren't hearing about food recalls, which could have serious repercussions for public health, according to a new report. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the best place for people to find out about recalls is where they shop for groceries - but

Almost 1 million Arizonans lack access to high-speed internet service, but state officials hope a grant program will help close that digital divide. (Funtap/Adobe Stock) <br /><br />

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. - Most people don't think twice about logging onto the internet to take an online class or watch a movie - but for almost a million Arizonans, that's a near impossibility. For rural areas or poor neighborhoods, affordable broadband internet service often is unavailable. The S

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