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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: Family/Father Issues

Supporters of Tribal Colleges and Universities are calling on Congress to set aside at least $40 million per year for much-needed repairs, digital infrastructure upgrades and financial support for struggling students. (American Indian College Fund)

This story is based on an opinion piece by Cheryl Crazy Bull and Sara Goldrick-Rab that first appeared on The Hechinger Report. Broadcast version by Eric Galatas for Public News Service Reporting for The Hechinger Report-Colorado News Service DENVER -- As students return to college this fall, advoc

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

In the U.S., 74% of communities of color live in nature-deprived areas, compared with just 23% in communities considered white. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- As the nation grapples with charges of systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police, a new report shows that communities of color are three times more likely than communities identified as white to live in areas considered to be nature deprived. Report co-a

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

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,

More than 600,000 Coloradans filed for unemployment through the first week in July, and many residents who have fallen behind on utility bills now can get financial help. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Stay-at-home orders have led to a spike in home utility bills, and as the heat of summer settles in, Energy Outreach Colorado is working to make sure people don't see their electricity and other services shut off. Denise Stepto, chief communications officer with the group, said now that

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

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., says the state's 30 federally funded research labs and joint institutes on climate science are poised to help the nation achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Franmarie Metzler/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- This week, House Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan to address climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a press briefing, Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., called climate change "an existential threat," and pointed to Colorado's commitment to transition to wind and sol

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