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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 - UT: Consumer

This area of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument shows the results of mechanical clearing, also called

MOAB, Utah -- Conservationists are accusing federal officials of using the coronavirus crisis as a smokescreen to issue controversial rules on public lands across the West. A study by the Center for Western Priorities found that the Interior Department has issued 57 separate actions since March 6,

A new study shows Utah has among the highest rates of Latino children without health insurance in the country. (josecervo/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY - The number of Latino children with health insurance in Utah and many other states, which had increased steadily over past decades, is now dropping. A new report by UnidosUS and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that Utah has one of the highest rates

A group of Kanab citizens believed a planned fracking sand mine in the sandstone hills near the town would destroy the local environment. (spiritofamerica/AdobeStock)

KANAB, Utah -- A group of activists in the southern Utah town of Kanab have convinced a developer to abandon its plans to mine sand for oil and gas fracking operations. The group of ranchers, business owners, environmentalists and long-time residents fought a project by Southern Red Sands to mine

According to a national drug database, the cost of a vial of insulin can be $1,500 a month or higher for diabetics, 10 times what it was just a decade ago. (Young/AdobeStock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs has become a bipartisan issue among voters, and Utahns overwhelmingly back a plan to help diabetics overcome the cost of life-saving insulin. A new poll from UtahPolicy.com Y-2 Analytics finds 4 out of 5 registered voters would support

Starting Wednesday, about 60,000 more Utahns will become eligible for full Medicaid coverage after more than a year of wrangling over the program. (maxiporik/AdobeStock)

SALT LAKE CITY - Thanks to the state's "fallback plan," about 60,000 more Utahns will become eligible for Medicaid benefits on Wednesday. Federal officials last week approved a waiver for the state that includes a full Medicaid expansion with work-reporting requirements. That comes almost a year a

Open enrollment is under way through Dec. 15 for health insurance coverage for 2020 through the Affordable Care Act. Free assistance is available to Utahns through TakeCareUtah.org. (mdr/PNS) <br /><br />

SALT LAKE CITY – The enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is open in Utah, and advocates say if you are uninsured, you should check into it. Open enrollment for ACA health insurance began Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. There were almost 200,000 Utahns enr

Many new immigrants to the U.S. start out in low-wage jobs. Gina Cornia says that shouldn't count against them when they apply for green cards. (amira_a/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Many Utahns are speaking out this week following a Trump administration proposal to broaden the factors that determine which legal immigrants can get green cards. The so-called "Public Charge" rule would allow the government to consider whether legal immigrants have used, or a

Crossroads Urban Center says more than half of all Salt Lake City residents don't make enough to afford renting an average-priced, two-bedroom house or apartment. (Nate Bolt/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The cost of buying or renting a home in Utah has been on the rise for years. Now, affordable-housing advocates say state government needs to take action before Utah reaches a crisis point. The Alliance for a Better Utah and Crossroads Urban Center have launched a joint campai

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