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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - CA: Consumer

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom met Friday with legislative leaders to work on the budget. (Clarissa Resultan/CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Children's groups are speaking out against billions of dollars in state budget cuts being proposed in California, saying programs that benefit children should be a priority. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, California has taken a budget nosedive going from a $5.6 bill

A new poll shows that consumers' opinions of General Motors drop as people learn more about the company's position on relaxing clean-car standards. (IFCAR/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- General Motors is losing ground with consumers over its support for the Trump administration's attacks on California's clean-car standards, a new poll finds. Pollsters working with the Union of Concerned Scientists found that GM's favorability ratings dropped 53% once people r

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

Nonprofits that serve the LGBTQ community are going virtual with their programs, including those to engage people in the 2020 census and the November elections. (MXRuben/Morguefile)

LOS ANGELES -- The COVID-19 crisis is really hurting nonprofit organizations -- in particular those that serve vulnerable populations. The LGBTQ community, for example, suffers high rates of HIV and cancer, which makes it more susceptible to the virus. Alphonso David, president of Human Rights C

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program runs for the next ten weeks, until Apr. 15, 2020. (AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It's that dreaded time of year again -- tax time! But the good news is that the AARP Foundation's annual Tax-Aide program is now in full swing, ready to help people prepare right up until the April 15 deadline. Gary Jurovich, state coordinator for the AARP Foundation in Nor

California's emission standards are the toughest in the nation for cutting emissions of carbon and other pollutants to combat climate change. (Olando/Adobe Stock)

LOS ANGELES -- A new poll suggests carmakers that support the Trump administration's attempt to roll back clean-car emission standards may be undermining their standing with their customers. Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi support the feds i

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of men who go by the name "Dadvocates" is pressing California's congressional leaders for action on paid parental leave. The men on Thursday will deliver petitions with 40,000 signatures to the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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