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PNS Daily Newscast - September 29, 2020 


Trump tax revelations point to disparity in nation's tax system; Pelosi and Mnuchin make last-ditch effort at pandemic relief.


2020Talks - September 29, 2020 


Today's the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. And a British news show reports a Trump campaign effort to suppress the Black vote in 2016.

Public News Service - CO: Civic Engagement

New guidelines for mining projects would allocate a portion of revenues generated from mineral development on public lands to offset expenses for mitigation and abandoned-mine reclamation.(Pixabay)

DENVER -- Colorado's Mineral Belt in the central and southwestern parts of the state is rich in deposits of so-called critical minerals, the kind used to produce everything from smartphones to wind turbines and batteries that power electric vehicles. A new report released today by conservation group

The Pandemic EBT program, meant to help families provide meals kids normally get at school, is expected to generate more than $100 million in economic impact across Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- More than 200,000 Colorado children have not yet been enrolled in a food-assistance program that would put up to $279 per child into their parents' wallets. Max Young, SNAP education and outreach administrator for the Colorado Department of Human Services, said the Pandemic Electronic Ben

Currently 93,000 essential workers in Colorado get their health coverage through Medicaid. (Paul Sableman/Flickr)

DENVER -- Medicaid rolls are expected to increase by 500,000 people in Colorado during the pandemic, which could wreak havoc on the state budget unless Congress approves additional relief. Adela Flores-Brennan, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said one in three Colorad

School closures in Colorado led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for more than 350,000 students. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- More than 37% of Coloradans currently are struggling to afford food, compared with 11% during the Great Recession, and hunger-fighting advocates are calling on Congress to extend food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Ellie Agar, communications director for Hunger Free Colorado,

The CORE Act would add recreational opportunities in the White River and San Juan national forests,  and protect the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development. (Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons)

EAGLE, Colo. -- Congress has an opportunity to preserve 400,000 acres in Colorado, after the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE, Act was attached to a key defense spending bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Kathy Chandler-Henry, chair of the Eagle County

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

Colorado's historic apple orchards along the Dolores River gave way to hay, alfalfa and other crops that were more lucrative - and also more water intensive. (Pxhere)

CORTEZ, Colo. -- A 36-acre property near Cortez in southwestern Colorado soon will be transformed into a sustainable community apple "orchard hub." With help from The Nature Conservancy, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project was able to purchase the land . Jude Schuenemeyer, who co-directs the

Independence Monument Overlook is one the scenic canyons found at the Colorado National Monument, part of the state's 22 million acres of public lands. (BLM/Flickr)

DENVER -- Colorado conservation groups are calling on the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of William Perry Pendley for director the federal Bureau of Land Management. They say Pendley, who has been acting head of the BLM for the last year, has a history of promoting the sale of public lands.

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