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PNS Daily Newscast - August 10, 2020 


The U.S. tops 5 million COVID-19 cases; and the latest on the USPS mail slowdown.


2020Talks - August 10, 2020 


Sunday was the sixth anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown. Tomorrow, Rep. Ilhan Omar faces off against a primary challenger in MN, plus primaries in CT, VT and WI. And a shakeup at the Postal Service.

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Scammers are using stolen identities to request unemployment or COVID assistance, and having the funds deposited into an account linked to a prepaid card registered to the victim's name. (Reuven W. Brewer/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Cybersecurity experts estimate that scammers from Nigeria could already have bilked millions of dollars from Massachusetts' state unemployment system using stolen identities. The Secret Service issued a warning that the so-called Scattered Canary cybercriminal group has been making unemp

This is the current number of volunteers who have signed up for human challenge studies as part of COVID-19 vaccine trials through the nonprofit 1 Day Sooner. (1 Day Sooner)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At least three possible COVID-19 vaccines, including from Cambridge biotech firm Moderna, have seen promising results in Phase One trials. And some experts think infecting volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19 may be worthwhile to speed vaccine development. They believe

The Bank of North Dakota, at more than 100 years old, remains the only state-owned bank in the United States. Two dozen other states are considering opening their own. (Charles Russell/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Advocates for public banking are pressing states to create their own banks, which could lend at lower rates and prioritize the recovery of local business. They argue that Wall Street currently takes too big a bite in fees and interest. Ellen Brown, chair of the nonprofit Public Banking

Experts say that pre-COVID 19, housing assistance was available to just one out of four American families that need it. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be contained until everyone has the ability to isolate -- and that means everyone must have an affordable place to live. Experts on low-income housing are speaking out, emphasizing that housing is tied to health care. Dr. Megan Sandel,

The 275,000 undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts don't qualify for unemployment benefits, state of federal relief, putting them in a tough position in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Labor Day 2019/Facebook)

BOSTON -- A new fund is launching to support immigrants facing COVID-19 in Massachusetts, since they're ineligible for most state and federal assistance. MassUndocuFund for COVID-19 Relief is trying to raise $1 million to support undocumented people struggling with the virus or the related economi

The Drug Repurposing Hub at the Broad Institute now has a collection of more than 6,000 approved drugs in humans. (Drug Repurposing Hub/YouTube)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard tested thousands of existing drugs on close to six hundred types of cancer cells in humans - and they found close to fifty that may kill cancer. Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Dan

The number of cost-burdened renter households jumped by nearly 300,000 between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from Apartment List.

BOSTON – Nearly half of all renter households nationwide are now spending more than 30% of their income on rent, according to a new report by the online service Apartment List. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spending more than 30% of your income on housing

The signature fund-raising cocktails for Sipping for Sisterhood included Simone Biles and Amelia Earhart. (Sportello Boston/Instagram)

BOSTON – Patrons of a few Boston area bars are making some decisions that are a lot more important than “Shaken or stirred?" Local nightspots are raising money to help organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Yellowhammer Fund, in response to the restrictive abortion laws being pa

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