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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 - MD: Housing/Homelessness

Most Marylanders want reassurance that their credit scores won't suffer if they can't pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., held a tele-town hall this week to give residents a chance to ask questions about consumer protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns about credit ratings and coronavirus scams were two of the hottest topics for people on the call. One Maryla

Children who grow up with a parent in prison deal with a variety of issues, including poverty and emotional trauma. (

BALTIMORE - There are 82,000 children in Maryland with either a mom or dad who are, or have been, in jail or prison. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says these kids often are dealing with poverty, homelessness and emotional trauma. The report has recommendations to state and local po

A pilot program to share solar power in Maryland will begin this spring, once final public comments are made to the Maryland Public Service Commission. (

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A lot of hard work went into winning legislative approval for the Maryland Community Solar Pilot Project and now, its backers say the job is to get residents and businesses signed up. The idea is to allow businesses to put up solar panels, and community members can buy shares of

A new report says too many times kids in the child welfare system end up in group homes or in institutions. In Maryland, about 600 kids go to bed each night without the comfort and care of a family, and instead are in group homes or institutions. Credit:

BALTIMORE - Give a kid a family and the odds go up the child will thrive in adulthood, The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report Tuesday that makes that case, and tracks where children end up when they have to be removed from their familial homes. In Maryland, about 600 kids go to bed withou

PHOTO: Five years since the end of the Great Recession, and a new report finds that the housing crisis hasn't abated for many low-income families. Photo credit: CherylHolt/

WASHINGTON - Health is a bright spot for children in a new report that looks at how kids are faring five years after the Great Recession was declared "over." The First Focus analysis found that more children have health coverage, but the housing crisis hasn't abated for many low-income families. C

PHOTO: Marylanders who lost their homes to foreclosure will start getting checks this week as part of a national mortgage settlement. Photo credit:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The check is in the mail. More than 10,000 Marylanders will get checks for about $1500 each this week as part of a nationwide settlement with mortgage service providers. The settlement is the result of allegations that the banks engaged in robo-signing of documents and other lendi

Photo: Costs are increasing for renters in Maryland. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Just because you have a job doesn't mean you can pay the rent in Maryland. An increasing number of renters are spending more than half their income on housing, according to a new report from the nonprofit Center for Housing Policy. Report co-author Maya Brennan, the center's senior

PHOTO: A proposed task force in Maryland would help homeless teens and young adults. photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Homeless teenagers and young adults in Maryland are often completely on their own: rejected by their families because of major conflicts, turned out of their homes during tough economic times and in some cases, considered too old for foster care. Legislation in the Maryland General

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