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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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The Federal Trade Commission estimates Americans pay at least $3.5 billion more per year for brand-name drugs because generic companies take money to hold back their inventions. (AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Groups that advocate for seniors are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that is designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Assembly Bill 824 would deter drug companies from making so-called pay for delay deals in which generic companies agree to keep their pr

A new bill would allow Medi-Cal and WIC food assistance programs to exchange information and enroll more eligible low-income families. (ulkare/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature comes back from summer break today, and children's advocacy groups want them to take up a bill to link eligibility for the Medi-Cal and WIC food-assistance programs to create a kind of one-stop shop enrollment process. About 87,000 low-income c

Protesters rallied on Friday in Los Angeles against the Trump administration's proposed changes to the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today is National Public Comment Day - part of a campaign responding to President Donald Trump's proposal to make it harder for working-class, legal immigrants to get a green card. Only three weeks are left to register your opinion on the "public charge rule" that would

More than 30 states cap payday loan interest rates, but Congress is now considering legislation that would void those laws. (Kelly Griffith/Center for Economic Integrity)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Attorneys General from 20 states, including California's Xavier Becerra, have signed a letter to Congress, slamming two bills that would gut current state laws meant to protect people from predatory lenders. HR 3299 and HR 4439 would clear the way for payday lenders

A new report on financial health shows California's big cities are a study in contrasts, representing some of the most and least prosperous in the country. (Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new state ranking of Americans' financial health shows California is home to two of the most prosperous big cities - San Francisco and San Jose - and two of the least prosperous - Fresno and Santa Ana. The 2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard includes measures of financial he

484,000 California households could see a rent increase if Congress approves HUD Secretary Ben Carson's plan. (Wikimedia Commons)

OAKLAND Calif. – Groups that work on issues of poverty and housing are criticizing the Trump administration's proposal to raise rents on low-income families and institute work requirements. On Wednesday, Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced a plan to raise the pe

A new report says the high cost of housing is draining many Californians' ability to get ahead. (Housing CA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Golden State is generating jobs that pay well, but has one of the lowest home ownership rates in the country, according to a new report. The 16th annual "Prosperity Now Scorecard" shows California slipped slightly – from 26th in the nation to 27th – as ra

One bright spot in a new report: 97 percent of California children have health insurance. (Nesstor4u/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Almost two-thirds of babies in the Golden State are born to low-income families, according to a new report, which makes them less likely to have access to high-quality education and health care. The nonprofit group Children Now just released its 2018 California Children'

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