PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 

University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and reasons now is the time to hire a worker with a disability.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 

Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Public News Service - CO: Consumer

The federal government has extended assistance through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, meant to help families with high winter energy bills, through August. (USAF)

DENVER -- Since the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the U.S. economy into a medically induced coma, 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance, including more than 350,000 in Colorado. Utility companies have agreed to suspend service shutoffs, but they still are sending bills a

The Natural Funeral staff on weekly meeting, now via video. Clockwise: co-founder and managing partner Karen van Vuuren, managing partner Seth Viddal, co-founder and managing partner Dan Ziskin, and holistic funeral director Madi Larson. Not seen, life cycle celebrant Carolyn Carpenter who was on audio only. (Photo by Karen van Vuuren/The Natural Funeral)

ABOUT THIS PROJECT This story is powered by COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative. Public News Service/Colorado News Connection joined 22 other newsrooms to report on the impact of the pandemic on Coloradans over the course of one day. The result: COVID Diaries Colorado, stories of grit, ingenuity

Officials warn that the government will not require any payment to get coronavirus stimulus checks, and will not call to ask for Social Security or Medicare numbers. (DOD)

DENVER -- Using federal coronavirus stimulus checks as bait, criminals are finding new ways to separate Coloradans from their money. On Thursday, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser will join a webinar organized by AARP Colorado to give residents tips for avoiding fraud during the public health

More than 81,000  Coloradans filed for unemployment insurance in the past two weeks, just 20,000 less than all of last year's claims. (Bytemarks/Flickr)

DENVER -- An estimated 3.5 million Americans lost their employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks due to job losses connected to the coronavirus crisis, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Colorado has extended enrollment for coverage through for

The Trump administration projects that its new fuel-efficiency standards will increase oil consumption by 2 billion additional barrels and cost consumers an extra $1,000 for gas over the lifetime of new vehicles. (USAF)

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has promised to challenge in court the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era clean car standards after revised rules were announced this week. Hannah Collazo, state director of Environment Colorado, says the move to weaken standards would resu

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

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