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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - CA: Youth

A volunteer with Save The Children hands out school supplies in California as part of the RISE initiative. (Shawn Millsaps/Save the Children)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the pandemic, one in five children in California lived with hunger. Now, it's one in four, so the media company Discovery, Inc. is partnering with nonprofits to feed millions of kids and make sure their basic needs are met. Alexa Verveer, executive vice president of pub

This fall, the State of California is set to release a master plan to address the lack of affordable, quality child care in the state. (lordn/Adobe Stock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The child-care crunch in California is real, and advocates for families are pressing the state to make quality a priority, in addition to quantity. This fall, Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to release a long-awaited master plan for quality early care and education. Ted Lempert, pre

Seventy percent of 18-to-24-year-old Californians in a recent YouGov survey say they are registered to vote. (Adobe Stock/Darylann Elmi)

LOS ANGELES -- Civic engagement groups are planning a week-long virtual push next month to register high school students to vote. The latest survey from the University of California shows an upswing in civic participation among 18-to-24-year-old Californians. More than half say they intend to vo

In two years, students will no longer need to submit their SAT or ACT scores when applying to the University of California system. (Charlie Nguyen/Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Advocates for fairness in higher education are praising the University of California system for dropping consideration of standardized achievement tests - the SAT and ACT - when making admissions decisions. And they're calling on the Cal State system to do the same. Late last

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

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

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

California is the first state to extend health care benefits to income-eligible undocumented adults younger than age 26. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Starting tomorrow, all low-income Californians younger than age 26 who meet the income requirements will be able to sign up for health insurance under the Medi-Cal program, regardless of immigration status. The state estimates 138,000 young people will sign up - a small but si

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