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PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 


Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 


The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Public News Service - CA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Health advocates say the new coronavirus makes the goal of universal health care even more pressing. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento lawmakers are pressing for health care reforms that they say will help combat COVID-19. The Health 4 All Coalition announced their legislative priorities for 2020 on Monday - designed to get more people covered and cut costs for patients. State Sen. Richard Pan, who

On the census form, you should list anyone living in your household as of April 1, 2020, regardless of their age or citizenship status. (Driftwood/Adobe Stock)

LOS ANGELES - The 2020 census forms can be filled out online starting on Monday - and experts are warning that California is at serious risk of an undercount, particularly of children under age five. In the 2010 census, it's estimated that California missed counting one million children. Jessica B

Studies have shown that 61% of Los Angeles County Jail's population with mental-health needs could be safely diverted into community-based treatment. (Public Domain Pictures/Pixabay)

LOS ANGELES -- Jails and prisons across California are moving toward alternatives to incarceration, and today the LA County Board of Supervisors will vote on reforms laid out in a new working group report. The report's first recommendation is to expand programs for emergency psychiatric care and r

California is home to 9 million children, half of whom have at least one immigrant parent. (ULKare/iStockphoto)

LOS ANGELES - California is taking action on multiple fronts to combat Trump administration policies that the state sees as harmful to children, according to State Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra was among those honored yesterday at the "State of the Child" 2020 event. Mayra Alvarez, pres

The state has ordered a $375,000 audit of Calbright College. (Calbright)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education groups are praising a unanimous decision by a legislative committee Wednesday to audit the state's first online community college, called Calbright College. Lawmakers expressed concern about transparency and duplication of current offerings. Jeff Freitas, president o

The South Fork Trinity River is one of many areas in California that would get additional protections from several bills now before Congress. (Jeff Morris/The Pew Charitable Trusts)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three bills that would protect more than 1 million acres of California wilderness are expected to get votes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act would designate as wilderness 245,000 acres in the Los Padres Nationa

A new report recommends tripling the number of slots for infants and toddlers in state-subsidized child care. (Greg Gayne/Para Los Ninos)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- California may be a leader in many areas, but overall child well-being is not one of them, according to a new report. The latest Children's Report Card from the nonprofit Children Now gives California a grade of "C-minus" overall. The only "A" grade in the 16th semiannual analysi

Advocates are spreading the word about the census at LGBTQ events around the state. (Beatriz Valenzuela)

LOS ANGELES -- LGBTQ groups launched a $1 million campaign on Wednesday to encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 census. California's 1.3 million strong LGBTQ population is the largest in the country, and traditionally has been hard to count. Beatriz Valenzuela, communications manager fo

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