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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - CO: Budget Policy & Priorities

At least 47% of private sector workers are currently excluded from accessing the emergency paid family and medical leave protections recently passed by Congress. (Pxhere)

DENVER -- Longtime advocates of paid family leave and sick days for all Colorado workers are hoping state lawmakers see the coronavirus pandemic as a wake-up call. The vast majority of Coloradans don't have access to paid family or sick leave, making it hard for many workers to stay home if they,

Health centers already facing fiscal hurdles with the increase in the uninsured population and a drop in Medicaid enrollment over the past 12-18 months are facing even bigger challenges with COVID-19. (Public Domain Pictures)

DENVER -- Colorado's community health centers have done a complete refiguring of their health delivery models in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and are set to take an enormous hit in their ability to continue to provide care if Congress doesn't approve critical funding. Polly Anderson, vice pres

Schools and food pantries across Colorado are making boxes of food available to families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. (Billy Brown/Flickr)

DENVER -- School closures are affecting more than 700,000 students across Colorado, and schools, nonprofits and community groups are working together and getting creative to ensure that they can continue to get nutritious meals during the COVID-19 crisis. Paola Babb, community engagement and child

Census data is used by tribal leaders, federal officials and members of Congress to develop policies designed to effectively meet the needs of Native people, including veterans. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Native Americans living in traditional villages and on reservations were the most undercounted group in the 2010 U.S. census. Now tribal leaders in Colorado are encouraging all residents across racial and ethnic lines to participate. Rick Waters is a Kiowa Cherokee and executive director

The National Association of Community Health Centers is coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control's Coronavirus Response Task Force to address COVID-19. (Gerard Altman/Pixabay)

ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Community Health Centers in Colorado are expected to play a critical role in the nationwide response to the coronavirus known at COVID-19. In addition to underscoring the importance of washing hands and covering up when you cough or sneeze, Evelyn Wiant, a communications speciali

Colorado receives $13 billion each year in federal funding based on census numbers for programs serving veterans, children, seniors, nutrition programs, education, health care and more. (Craig Adderley/Pexels)

DENVER -- Colorado's faith community is stepping up efforts to ensure historically undercounted racial and ethnic minority Coloradans participate in the 2020 census. Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez with the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver said all people, regardless of race, religion or immigratio

In 2016, census numbers were tapped to calculate and deliver more than $13 billion for Colorado programs, roughly $2,300 per resident. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, but immigrant rights advocates say the controversy has created a chilling effect that could lead to an undercount. Ananiya Asrat, a volunteer with the Colorado People's All

A recent U.S. Census Bureau survey found that 56% of those 65 and older aren't comfortable with an online response and prefer to fill out a paper census form. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Advocates for older Coloradans are working to ensure an accurate count in the upcoming once-a-decade tally, and the U.S. Census Bureau also is hoping to tap retirees willing to go door to door and make some money at the same time. Lewis Thompson is doing his part through his work with th

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