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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


2020Talks - August 7, 2020 


The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - CT: Livable Wages/Working Families

Food banks face an added challenge after this week's expiration of unemployment benefits that had been increased because of COVID-19. (eldarnurkovic/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Food Bank is dealing with a series of challenges causing spikes in hunger across the state. Paul Shipman, senior director of marketing, communication and government relations for the Food Bank, said partnering agencies and pantries saw a 40% jump in visits when th

Across the U.S. Black workers walked off the job for 8 minutes 46 seconds, the amount of time a police officer had his knee on George Floyd's neck before he died.(Pikist)

HARTFORD, Ct. -- Connecticut workers held multiple protests Monday demanding racial and economic justice, as part of a nationwide day of action called "Strike for Black Lives". Advocates joined together in Hartford and Darien to remember workers lost to the pandemic, honor lives lost to police bru

Civilian Conservation Corps crews completed the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion in Rocky Neck State Park in 1936. (Edward Fritzen/Flickr)

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK, Conn. - Environmental groups are calling on Congress to revive the Civilian Conservation Corps, in order to put people back to work while at the same time, improving beaches, trails and forests. Connecticut state parks are dotted with stone structures, trails and roads that

Cash is in short supply for Connecticut families hard-hit during the lockdown, and the United Way says many were having financial difficulty long before this. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

HARTFORD, Conn. - About 450,000 people in Connecticut have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold - and now the United Way is offering free financial coaching and small grants to help some stave off bankruptcy. TrustPlus is part of the ALICE Saves program,

Restaurants are counting on their insurance companies to honor claims, to help them rehire workers and reopen when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. But the fine print in many policies is tripping them up. (Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Consumer groups want insurance companies to help prop up the restaurant industry, which has taken a massive hit in the COVID-19 crisis. Tens of thousands of restaurants have been forced to close their dining rooms, and many have closed entirely, resulting in massive layoffs. Dou

A proposal by Senate minority leader Charles Schumer would help build the charging stations needed for the transition to electric vehicles. (rh2010/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Clean air advocates say combating climate change requires switching from gas-powered cars to clean electric vehicles, and a bill being proposed in Washington could jump-start that transition. Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of New York has proposed a sweeping measure

Older workers may want the flexibility of a part-time job or working from home. (MinDof/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Many Connecticut workers over 50 find they need a little extra income or a more flexible work schedule, and now there's help available to connect them with jobs. From family caregivers who would prefer to work from home to retirees who want to return to the workforce, jobs

The minimum wage bill, signed last week, will raise pay for 330,000 Connecticut workers. (govnedlamont/instgram.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – With Connecticut set to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, labor organizers now are setting their sights on making further gains for low-wage workers. Now that Gov. Ned Lamont has signed the legislation, Connecticut's minimum wage will go up to $11 an hour in October, a

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