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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 20, 2020 


Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - NM: Consumer

COVID-19 has pushed stress levels among adults in the United States to an all-time high, according to a recent poll for the American Psychological Association. (Photo: heart.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Even before the pandemic, nearly 40% of people in the U.S. said they wouldn't be able to cover a surprise $400 expense, and the health crisis has only made things worse. A survey by Money Magazine and Morning Consult shows 11% of Americans report being "very stressed" about cre

In 1906, Albuquerque schools preemptively closed for a week's vacation because so many students had skipped school in previous years to attend the annual New Mexico State Fair. (SofiLayla/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Kids and parents looking for remote-learning activities this week can stroll through the livestock barns at the virtual New Mexico State Fair, and even enjoy music performances on their laptops. The 2020 "Home Is Where the Fair Is" starts today in Albuquerque. But this year, 4H

New Mexico has 60,000 undocumented immigrants, and the lack of federal COVID-19 financial assistance offered them will lead to a loss in the state's economic activity, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (NMSU/Josh Bachman)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's immigrant population largely has been left out of federal coronavirus-relief programs, but testing for the virus will be offered free of charge Saturday in Santa Fe. It's the third event sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health and several local organizations

The solar industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, but systems purchased and installed in New Mexico before Dec. 31, 2027, are eligible for a 10% tax credit. (riograndesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- All eyes are on New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission this week in anticipation of a decision on how to replace energy from the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station. The station, located in San Juan County, is set to retire in 2022. The commission's hearing examiners r

Opponents of new oil and gas leases presented 33,000 public protests to New Mexico lawmakers at the Roundhouse in 2019. (wildearthguardians.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management to reinstate a rule that limits methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Residents of Western states who fought for the rule are praising the decision, although they assume the ruling will be appealed. The Trump

SANTA FE -- With the presidential election approaching, there's renewed concern that consumers again will fall prey to "fake news" on social media. But one expert on the topic says there's a way to arm yourself against the onslaught. Nolan Higdon is a professor of history and communication at Cal

Children under age five are by far the largest of any age group consistently missed in the decennial census count. (shawn1/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The number of young children missed in the census count has grown steadily in the past 40 years, and advocates for New Mexico children remind those who haven't completed the census form that millions in federal dollars are at stake. A recent survey found that 10% of 800 famili

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

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