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PNS Daily Newscast - October 27, 2020 


Protests as Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court; New York targets transportation, the state's biggest source of carbon pollution.


2020Talks - October 27, 2020 


U.S. Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court in a nearly party-line vote. GOP Sen. Susan Collins, up for reelection, is the lone vote against.

Public News Service - CO: Senior

Some 90% of Democrats and 65% of Republicans in a new AARP poll favor candidates who support increased access to, and more affordable prices for, long-term care. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Colorado voters age 50 and older are not a 'lock' for either of the state's U.S. Senate candidates, according to the latest AARP survey. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper currently holds just a one-point lead over incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner among voters age 65-plus, well within the

Fewer than 1% of Americans live in nursing homes, yet they account for more than 44% of coronavirus deaths. (Pxhere)

DENVER -- As Congress struggles to agree on terms for additional coronavirus aid, Bob Murphy, state director for AARP Colorado, said friends and families don't have to wait to give nursing-home residents some much-needed relief. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has cleared the way for institutions to allo

The average-size district could pay as much as $1.8 million to reopen all of its school buildings under the new safety guidelines established by health and education experts. (Julia M Cameron/Pexels)

DENVER -- As school districts scramble to reopen in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, educators in Colorado and across the nation say they'll need more financial support from the federal government to open safely. Educators say school districts will need more teachers, substitutes and custod

Workers are 15 times more likely to put away money for retirement if they have access to a workplace retirement savings plan. (401kcalculator/Flickr)

DENVER -- More than 900,000 Colorado workers soon will have access to a retirement savings plan through their workplace. Senate Bill 200 recently cleared the Colorado Legislature. Kelli Fritts, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Colorado, said the measure will help the state avoid what

Census numbers determine how the federal government distributes taxpayer dollars to states for education, food assistance, health care, housing and many children's programs. (U.S. Census Bureau)

DENVER --The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way nonprofits delivering in-home early-childhood development programs connect with families. As the deadline for the 2020 census draws nearer, Heather Tritten, executive director at Parent Possible, said her group's home visitors are reaching out to

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau began a phased restart of field operations in an additional 14 states, and there's at least one field office at work in all 50 states. (U.S. Census Bureau)

DENVER -- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for groups working to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census. It's estimated that 50% of people who rely on programs that get funding based on census numbers go uncounted. Brandon Stiller, creative director at the Open Media Foundation

Census outreach work that was supposed to wrap up in March has been extended to Oct. 31, even though funding levels have remained the same. (U.S. Census Bureau)

DENVER -- Making sure that all residents are counted in the 2020 Census got a lot harder after the coronavirus pandemic forced Colorado communities into lockdown, and reaching hard-to-count communities became even more challenging. Lizette Escobedo is director of national census programs for the N

Colorado's constitution authorizes the General Assembly to pass an emergency tax with a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- A coalition of 135 Colorado organizations is urging state lawmakers to use all tools in their toolbox to blunt the most serious economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Lost revenues are projected to create a $3.3 billion budget shortfall, the largest in state history. Adam Fox, dir

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