PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 

Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 

During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Archive: November 21, 2012

PHOTO: Road building for a gas company demolished much of the Crystal Block Cemetery. Photo by James Olbert.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The people with loved ones in a desecrated Logan County cemetery are waiting to see if the gas company responsible for the damage appeals a ruling against it. In the meantime, many of them say the destruction of the graves is a crime that should be prosecuted. James Olbert of Ho ...Read More

Photo: Colorado's Roan Plateau, just outside of Rifle. Courtesy: Earthjustice.

RIFLE, Colo. - Near-record low natural gas prices may be good news for Coloradans who use gas for home heating and cooking. However, they're also causing a stir in the state's energy industry as gas producers are abandoning their land leases for natural-gas fields in places such as Colorado's Picean ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP estimates that about half of all workers in the U.S. will also be caring for an older relative within five years.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Besides the turkey and trimmings, many Ohioans will enjoy reconnecting with family and friends during the Thanksgiving weekend. Those dinner-table conversations present a good opportunity to assess the needs of older relatives. During the holiday season, says Patty Callahan, caregi ...Read More

PHOTO: Donations are important during the holidays, but hunger is a year-round concern in Ohio. Courtesy of Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Around the holiday season, attention typically turns to those who find it hard to celebrate because they've fallen on hard times. But hunger doesn't only happen during the holidays. More than 1.7 million Ohioans receive food-stamp or SNAP benefits, averaging $138 per person per mon ...Read More

PHOTO: The Thorson Memorial Library is among those that have been awarded grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation for programs that have an impact on a community's health. Courtesy of Thorson Memorial Library.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As times keep changing, so is what's happening inside libraries across Minnesota. They're no longer only places to get books. Libraries are valued institutions in many communities, says Stacey Millet, senior program officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundatio ...Read More

PHOTO: Toy store shelves are packed this time of year, and it's up to shoppers to determine what is safe to purchase for the kids in their lives. Courtesy of Real Kids Shades.

PHOENIX - Toys that make loud noises, contain high levels of toxic substances or small parts that pose a choking risk are the focus of this year's "Trouble in Toyland" report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Toys that look like food are of special concern, says Monica ...Read More

PHOTO: Working to weatherize more Arizona homes is helping people save money and power. CREDIT: Rustic Girls

PHOENIX - Energy efficiency could save the average Arizona utility customer 30 percent on his or her electric bill, according to a new study. The report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) projects more than $7 billion in total savings for Arizonans during the next eight years. SWE ...Read More

BOSTON - in the home of the first Thanksgiving, community groups and charities traditionally serve holiday dinners. But what about the rest of the year? According to the Gallup organization, nearly 15 percent of Massachusetts residents were unable to afford food they or their families needed during ...Read More

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