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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - NM: Health

Two-thirds of people who file for bankruptcy cite medical issues as key contributors to their financial downfall. (olgalionart/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The greatest predictor of bankruptcy is lack of health care. But since the Affordable Care Act was adopted, bankruptcies have declined among people with intermittent health coverage, according to a new study. When the ACA was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, h

As many as 75,000 Americans could die because of drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study by Well Being Trust. (SerenaWong/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The coronavirus pandemic has pushed unemployment rates in many states to record highs, and health policy groups worry it could mean an increase in suicides, drug and alcohol abuse. For the first time in two decades, said John Auerbach, president and chief executive of the nonpr

Wildfire managers in New Mexico often let wildfires burn, but have determined they will be extinguished as quickly as possible this season. (usda.gov)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- It's only May, but fire restrictions already were imposed in New Mexico today, and COVID-19 will add another layer of safety precautions to the firefighting season. Kaili McCray, who chairs the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's emergency medical committee, said large numbers

The CARES Act provided $13.5 billion to the nation's public education system, but educators say a larger installment for public school systems is needed. (Lihuihuiycg/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - School teachers in New Mexico are calling on the federal government to step up funding for state and local governments due to the coronavirus pandemic, noting that budget shortfalls could force layoffs of teachers and other essential school workers. Stephanie Ly, president of t

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Tuesday it would release coronavirus relief funding to the nation's 574 federally recognized tribes, weeks after states, cities and counties received their funding. (Wikipedia)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tribal communities now will begin receiving federal coronavirus relief funding, a week after the government missed a congressional deadline for distribution, and only after being sued over who is eligible for the money. In a phone call with reporters on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall,

A new report estimates that 38,000 children in New Mexico won't benefit from financial relief to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic because their parents are undocumented. (nmpovertylaw.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Many of New Mexico's immigrants, including some with legal residency, will not receive the federal government's $1,200 stimulus checks or other financial relief, according to a new report. Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children, says the "Essential but

About 40% of Navajo Nation households don't have running water, and many of the filling stations they use to get water have closed during the pandemic. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- After New York and New Jersey, the place with the highest coronavirus infection rate in the United States is the Navajo Nation. Long-standing problems within the Nation have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in mostly rural tribal areas of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Many ho

When it comes to people experiencing chronic homelessness, New Mexico consistently ranks among the top U.S. states, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (direct relief.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- There's no way to know how many people are experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic, but New Mexico's homeless advocates are encouraging the donation of sleeping bags and tents to help keep people safe. New Mexico shelters that are already full have stopped accep

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