PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 

The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 

Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - CA: Health

Community health centers are on the front lines of the pandemic, yet they have been left out of some federal relief programs. (National Assn. of Community Health Centers)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- About 200 health centers across the state have closed their doors during the pandemic because the number of patient visits dropped by half, prompting advocates to push for more federal relief. They do get some CARES Act funding, but the Paycheck Protection Act specifically ex

An online webinar today explains what California residents can do to get affordable health coverage during the pandemic if they don't have it. (Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Millions of Californians are facing the coronavirus pandemic without health insurance, either because they've lost a job or weren't covered to begin with. So today, a nonprofit consumer health advocacy coalition is offering a webinar on how to get covered. Rachel Linn Gish, di

California is the first state to send mail-in ballots to all voters, while at the same time preserving robust in-person voting options. (Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Over the weekend, President Donald Trump said California's plan to open up an additional voting site and mail ballots to every voter is a "scam" and an attempt to steal the November election, and insisted the votes must not count. On Friday, California mandated that all vote

California spent about $57 billion on K-12 schools and community colleges last year but now could be forced to cut $18 billion. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education advocates are calling on the feds to step in and prevent huge cuts to K-12 schools and community colleges - as the state projects a $54 billion budget deficit. The coronavirus has forced the state to spend more even as tax revenues are falling. Jeff Freitas, presiden

The Out 4 Mental Health virtual town halls are a chance for members of the LGBTQ+ community to voice their experiences of the pandemic. (CALGBTQ Health and Human Services)

LOS ANGELES -- The LGBTQ+ community faces special challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, and these challenges are the focus of a series of virtual town halls beginning Wednesday night. The events will be a forum for LGBTQ+ people to bring up issues they've been facing and brainstorm solutions. Nic

Telehealth is expanding rapidly during the pandemic and may remain popular as the nation recovers. (

SACRAMENO, Calif. -- The Legislature reconvenes this week, and children's advocates are speaking out in favor of a bill to facilitate telehealth during the COVID-19 recovery. AB 2007 would continue a federal policy instituted in response to the pandemic that lifted some restrictions limiting commu

Student leaders are asking California college administrators for help, including continued access to campus health services and assistance for students with disabilities. (Campaign for College Opportunity)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Student leaders are calling on college administrators to coordinate a COVID-19 plan to help students across the state. The California Students Higher Education Advocacy Roundtable, or 'HEART,' outlined its priorities in a letter this week to leaders of the University of Califo

 Bottled water is being distributed to needy families in areas where water supplies are compromised, mainly in the San Joaquin and eastern Coachella Valleys. (Isabel Solorio)

By Claudia Boyd Barrett for Yes! Media Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service/Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Media-California Health Report -- Public New Service Collaboration As Californians shelter at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, an estimated 1 million of

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