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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 

The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.

2020Talks - September 22, 2020 

It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: July 30, 2007

It's been 30 years since a federal law was put in place to try to limit environmental damage during coal strip mining projects. A Bull Mountain rancher has testified before a committee that it's a pretty good law, but it needs stronger enforcement. Ellen Pfister says the law isn't doing enough to pr ...Read More

Two million dollars for about 600 kinds of critters. That's the new deal in Montana. The legislature put aside $1 million to spend on all wildlife and habitat and that will be matched with another million in federal money. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Jeff Hagener says it's a big deal b ...Read More

More than one billion dollars in spending cuts, no new taxes or fees, and a cash reserve for the state. That's the budget plan agreed to in the California legislature by both houses and both parties but it's still not a done deal, in part because of a push for more budget cuts that specifically targ ...Read More

Colorado has a state earned income tax credit on the books to help low-income families but due to conflicts with TABOR laws, it isn't making it to Coloradans that could use the extra financial boost. A campaign is crisscrossing the state to gather stories from low-income Coloradans and discuss solut ...Read More

Governor Patrick is knee-deep in complaints from state residents upset about his proposed wetlands regulations. The 35 year-old "Wetlands Protection Act" allows citizens to appeal a development plan if it would negatively affect their community and Patrick is looking to limit the right to appeal. Pa ...Read More

This year could see of the biggest "dead zone" in waters of the Gulf of Mexico since records have been kept and part of the solution could be upstream in Iowa. The dead zone is an area with almost no oxygen to support marine life. Doctor Rick Cruse, director of the Iowa Water Center, says a combinat ...Read More

The latest "Kids Count" survey, which measures 10 areas of childhood development, puts Minnesota in first place nationally. But, it also says there are areas that need attention. Megan Brown with the state Children's Defense Fund says we're tops in child well-being. "We have a low percent of teens ...Read More

Exactly one month from today most public school kids in Nevada will be headed back to class. And because the state continues to have trouble attracting teachers, even more children this year are likely to be shuffled between substitute teachers. Nevada State Education Association president Lynn Warn ...Read More

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