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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 


Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


2020Talks - August 3, 2020 


Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - CA: Urban Planning/Transportation

Consumer groups are urging people who drive less during the COVID-19 pandemic to ask their insurance company for a rebate. (Lutgradio/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two car-insurance giants, Allstate and American Family Insurance, have just announced they'll refund $800 million to the drivers they insure. The companies say the rebates are possible because people are driving so much less during the COVID-19 crisis and, thus, collision clai

California is suing the feds to invalidate the new-car emissions standards. (Olando/Adobe Stock)

LOS ANGELES -- Groups that promote public health and clean air and that advocate for consumers all are vowing to fight the Trump administration's new rollback of vehicle-emission standards. The new rule was finalized on Tuesday. Dave Cooke, senior vehicles analyst with the Union of Concerned Scient

Ford has signed an agreement with the state of California to voluntarily lower emissions and produce more electric vehicles, such as the Mach-E. (Consumer Reports)

LOS ANGELES – Clean cars are a hot topic at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, even though consumer watchdogs claim some car makers are playing a double game. The car companies are touting their "green" vehicles at the same time they support President Donald Trump's decision to loosen federa

The State of California is working toward a more livable, walkable, age-friendly future. (AARP California)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – By 2030, California’s over-65 population will grow by four million – and a bill just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom should help the state plan for this demographic shift. Assembly Bill 1118, from Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, instructs the state to sign onto AARP

Tens of thousands of workers in California could be affected by AB 5, including app-based service drivers, nail salon workers, couriers, construction workers and janitors. (David P. Whelan/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Uber and Lyft drivers and their allies in the labor movement are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill – AB 5 – passed Wednesday that reclassifies tens of thousands of contract workers as employees. The measure could give the employees access to minimum wag

As municipal fleets across the state transition to zero-emission vehicles, pollution from thousands of cars, trucks and buses will be eliminated. (TonytheTigersSon/Twenty20)

SAN FRANCISCO — Six California cities plus Los Angeles County are moving forward with a nationwide plan to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles - an announcement made in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Climate Mayors' group includes Berkel

The City of Berkeley scored very high on the Livability Index due to its parks, transportation, <br />and access to education. (Introvert/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two California communities scored very high on the new 2018 AARP Livability Index. San Francisco lost points for high housing costs, but still scored number one in the nation as a "livable" large city, for its cultural events, walkable neighborhoods, and transportation t

Artists created designs on the spot during the charrette to reimagine parts of San Jose. (Ellen Dunham-Jones & AARP)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Many California communities are confronting the housing crisis by encouraging higher-density housing near public transportation in ways that also make the area more livable. AARP, the City of San Jose and the Valley Transportation Authority just wrapped up a week-long even

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