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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - CT: Consumer

Connecticut nursing homes no longer are required to test their staff members weekly for COVID-19 exposure. (Renowned Skilled Nursing)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior groups are pleading for increased COVID-19 testing at Connecticut nursing homes, because residents of these facilities make up less than 1% the state's population, but 64% of deaths and 19% of infections. AARP Connecticut sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont this week, asking

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,

Connecticut lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census, something that could happen again if there is a significant undercount this time. (Greater New Haven Counts)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A parade of cars will roam New Haven Friday, blasting out tunes -- part of an event to draw attention to the census. The 2020 census is under way, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach workers have had to think outside the box in order to get people excited about fi

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

COVID-19 response stimulus checks will come automatically, either by mail or direct-deposit to a bank account. No one will need to apply for them. (Noderog/iStockphoto)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Better Business Bureau warns that scammers are already trying to take advantage of out-of-work Americans, desperate for the federal stimulus checks that are reportedly coming in the next few weeks as part of COVID-19 relief. Authorities are seeing an uptick in reports of fra

AARP Connecticut is advocating adding video monitoring capability for all nursing-home residents, not only for their protection, but to increase communication options with kin during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Campobello Island/Creative Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut General Assembly is expected to focus most of the remaining session on emergency responses to the new coronavirus pandemic - which may include increasing video monitoring in nursing homes. House Bill 5444 specifically calls for installing video monitoring devices

The U.S. Census Bureau only will invite people to participate in the 2020 census questionnaire via mail in mid-March. (USDAgov/Creative Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - AARP recently conducted a survey about impostor scams in part to gauge adults' vulnerabilities ahead of the census - and in Connecticut, the findings are worrisome. Forty-five percent of Connecticut adults who responded to the survey said they had been targeted by an impostor scam.

Connecticut has the fifth highest share of electricity provided by nuclear power in the nation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Ralf Vetterle/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has lowered power plant emissions dramatically in the Northeast, but Connecticut has made little progress by comparison. The program, known as RGGI, sets a carbon cap. It has helped reduce power plant emissions by close to 50% over the cour

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