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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 - NY: Consumer

Turn Up! Fight Hunger and No Kid Hungry plan to provide 1 billion meals to kids living with hunger over five years. (Halfpoint / Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- With schools closed, many children who depend on free meals at school could be missing out, so children's advocates are partnering with a major media outlet to help ensure kids get the meals they need. Turn Up! Fight Hunger is a partnership of The No Kid Hungry campaign and Discovery.

Access-a-Ride hasn't adapted its payment system to limit contact between drivers and riders and won't accept MetroCards or credit cards. (Tdorante10/Wikimedia Commons)

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that fares would come back for Access-a-Ride on Aug. 31 and that riders would pay in cash. An MTA official had not responded to comment before the story, but then an MTA spokesperson contacted us afterwards with this important correction. (12:09 p

Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare a long-standing crisis in housing affordability. (Suzanne/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Housing justice advocates fear that without action from Albany, New Yorkers who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic could be at risk of losing their homes. Businesses may be shuttered and streets practically deserted during the shutdown, but the bills keep coming in and t

Sleeping quarters on a Taiwanese company-owned vessel fishing for tuna in the mid-Atlantic. (Greenpeace)

NEW YORK -- As households try to stock up on shelf-stable foods, a Greenpeace investigation has found potential links between a major brand of tuna, modern slavery and illegal fishing practices. In January, Fong Chun Formosa (FCF), one of the world's top tuna traders, acquired Bumble Bee, the larg

Young black and Hispanic children are missed by the census at twice the rate of white children. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Children under five are the largest age group to be missed in the U.S. Census, so children's advocates are making concerted efforts to increase participation this year. The census is supposed to count every person of any age living in the United States. The data not only determines con

Every dollar spent on SNAP generates $1.80 in economic activity. (pixelrobot/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Hunger advocates say strengthening SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is vital to protecting against increased food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the White House is going the wrong way. With businesses shutting down across the country to stop the spread of the coronavi

Trained security guards protect hundreds of landmarks, colleges, public and private buildings throughout New York City. (Kadmy)

NEW YORK -- The workers who provide security at public and private buildings throughout New York City are looking for improved wages, benefits and working conditions. Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ began negotiations Wednesday to renew contracts with building owners and security

The Sarcoma-Oma Foundation helps people with medical travel expenses and access to resources. (RFBSIP/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK - People diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, may have to travel considerable distances to get the best medical treatment - and now, help is available to meet those travel expenses. Being diagnosed with sarcoma can be frightening and finding treatment may be a daunting task, wit

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