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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 - NV: Housing/Homelessness

Tens of thousands of U.S. renters could be evicted in the coming months as unemployment remains at a historic level and moratoriums preventing evictions are gradually lifted. (lcbh.org)

LAS VEGAS -- The pause from eviction granted to Nevadans who haven't been able to pay rent during the COVID-19 crisis has been extended through at least June 30, but many don't know how they'll make good on what they owe if they don't get their jobs back. Nevada has the nation's highest unemployme

In the U.S., 31% of renters did not pay April rent on time, up from 19% a month earlier and 18% in April 2019. (ArtisticOperations/Pixabay)

LAS VEGAS -- Renters in the U.S. tend to have lower incomes and less stable jobs than homeowners, creating greater anxiety for them during the current health crisis. But there are resources to help. Lauren Peña, an attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, helped author a toolk

The latest statistics show about 5,500 people are homeless in southern Nevada on any given night, an area with only about 2,000 shelter beds. (Kemecki/Morguefile)

LAS VEGAS - Civil-rights groups and advocates for Nevadans who are homeless are protesting today at Las Vegas City Hall, just before a public hearing on a controversial homelessness ordinance. The council is considering making it a misdemeanor to sleep or camp in public rights-of-way near homes, on

Legal-aid groups say complaints by Nevada renters are on the rise, but evictions are down, in the wake of a new landlord-tenant law that took effect July 1. (Wikimedia Commons)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Complaints by Nevada tenants to legal-aid organizations have shot up this summer, as landlords began raising fees after a new law, Senate Bill 151, went into effect. Now, Attorney General Aaron Ford is letting renters know that landlords cannot unilaterally raise fees. The

Experts say low-income rentals are becoming harder to find in Nevada, and that landlord-tenant disputes are rampant. (Public Domain/Wikimedia)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Legal-aid groups are voicing support for a bill to prevent trouble between Nevada landlords and tenants. Senate Bill 256 already has passed the Senate and now awaits a hearing in the state Assembly's Commerce Committee. The bill would make a number of changes, including defining

Nevadans have six years from moving into a house to sue for construction defects, but attorneys say that isn't enough time for some defects to become obvious. (Dennis M/Flickr)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada's housing market is booming, with home values and sales up steadily since the Great Recession, but attorneys say there's more legal risk buying a new home in Nevada now than just a few years ago. The 2015 Nevada Legislature limited the amount of time a homeowner has

Nevada Legal Services would lose 52 percent of its budget if Congress enacts President Trump's budget. (serggn/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of low income Nevadans would lose access to the civil court system if Congress were to enact President Trump's proposed budget, which zeroes out funding for the Legal Services Corporation. The LSC provides just over half of the funding for Nevada Legal Services, which helped

About 55,000 Nevada children are growing up absent from a parent who's in jail or prison. (iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - About 55,000 children, or 8 percent of all Nevada kids, grow up with a parent serving time in prison or jail, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation calls it a "Shared Sentence" for kids, families and communities, and says the number of children affected nationally tops

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