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 - UT: Mental Health

Utah is launching a new program to better children's lives called Evidence2Success. Courtesy: Annie E. Casey Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY - Kearns Township in Salt Lake County is gearing up to launch a new program called Evidence2Success that takes a hard look at what's going on in kids' lives, then focuses attention on the solutions that show the most promise. The program uses data from the state SHARP survey which

Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson, Utah's 2015 Portrait of Care honoree, with a painting of her and her mother. Credit: AARP Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - November is Family Caregiver Month and AARP is celebrating by recognizing the 40 million Americans who help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah, says the 336,000 Utahns who selflessly give

SALT LAKE CITY - The recent mass shooting in Oregon again has focused national attention on untreated mental-health issues. Now, Utah is doing something about the problem. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health unveiled a new anonymous online screening tool on Thursday so people can

PHOTO: Canines With a Cause provides service dogs, trained by female prison inmates, to veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health challenges. Photo courtesy Canines With a Cause.

DRAPER, Utah - A program new to Utah allows female prison inmates to train shelter dogs to serve as companion and service animals for veterans suffering from mental health challenges. Cathy King, executive director, Canines With a Cause, says the dogs live with the selected inmates at the Utah State

PHOTO: A simple smile could mean the world to someone down on their luck during

OGDEN, Utah – It's Random Acts of Kindness Week, and simply smiling at someone could prevent a suicide, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Utah. Rebecca Glathar, NAMI’s executive director in Utah, says people battling mental illness are often isolated and feel alone

IMAGE: One in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Utah. It's Mental Illness Awareness Week. Image courtesy of NAMI Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - One in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Utah. Raising awareness about services and treatment is NAMI's mission this week, during Mental Illness Awareness Week. NAMI Utah Outreach Specialist Mary

PHOTO: Help is available for Utah residents to navigate the online health-care marketplaces that open today as part of the Affordable Care Act. Image courtesy of

SALT LAKE CITY - Services are available in Utah to help residents navigate the online marketplaces that open today as part of the Affordable Care Act. According to Randal Serr, director of the Utah Health Policy Project,, which also opens for business today, will lead users to "Navi

PHOTO: A professor at the University of Utah says his research shows that spending time outdoors in nature and unplugged from technology can improve a person's creative thinking. CREDIT: Fred Hsu

SALT LAKE CITY - As folks across the state celebrate Earth Day, research out of the University of Utah finds that some time in the great outdoors can improve a person's creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer said those tested after four days immersed in nature with Outward B

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