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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - AZ: Energy Policy

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

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

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

Auto manufacturers that support a Trump administration plan to relax EPA tailpipe emissions standards could be losing loyal customers, according to a new poll. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Carmakers that support a Trump administration plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency auto-emission standards could be alienating their customers, according to a poll from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Several car companies, including Toyota, are backing a lawsuit to prevent sta

An international group of more than 11,000 scientists are warning political leaders and others that, in their opinion, the earth is in a “climate emergency.” (scottchan/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. – A group of 11,000 international scientists, including about a dozen from Arizona, has endorsed a study which concludes the Earth is in a climate emergency. Published this week in the journal BioScience, the research says greenhouse gas emissions are rising, governments aren't

A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund finds that converting to a fleet of electric buses can reduce emissions and lower operating costs. (ProterraCatalyst)<br /><br />

TUCSON, Ariz. – Many city buses pull away from a stop belching thick, black diesel smoke, leaving those behind them with burning eyes and a choking cough. But that's changing, as a new report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says more cities in Arizona and across

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