PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 

COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 

Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Archive: January 14, 2013

PHOTO:  Kentucky lawmaker files a bill to abolish the death penalty and make life in prison without parole the maximum sentence.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is one of nine states in which legislation to abolish the death penalty may go before lawmakers this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The sponsor of legislation to abolish capital punishment in Kentucky says he is "pretty positive" he can get a hea ...Read More

GRAPHIC:  Organic Farming Conference Logo, courtesy of MOSES

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The largest event of its kind in the Midwest, the 24th annual Organic Farming Conference, will take place at the La Crosse Center Feb. 21-23. Faye Jones, executive director of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), which puts on the event, expects another hu ...Read More

PHOTO: Bogie, a senior dog available at Second Chance Pet Adoptions. Courtesy of Second Chance Pet Adoptions

RALEIGH, N.C. - While many new puppies and kittens are now in the hands of loving homes after the holiday, shelters continue to see aging pets - often relinquished by owners who no longer can, or want, to care for them. It's a problem that Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Raleigh, sees on a regular basi ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault is spreading the word about National Stalking Awareness Month.

MILES CITY, Mont. - January is Stalking Awareness Month in Montana, where a campaign is under way to "Know it. Name it. Stop it." State law lists stalking as a crime, but Caroline Fleming, executive director of the Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault, says it's not an easy one ...Read More

PHOTO: Children's Action Alliance president and CEO Dana Naimark says fixing Child Protective Services is her number one priority as the Arizona Legislature begins its regular session. CREDIT: Children's Action Alliance

PHOENIX - Arizona has a record number of children in foster care, more than 14,000. Yet, the state's leading children's advocacy group says the Child Protective Services agency continues to fall down on its twin responsibilities of protecting kids from abuse and neglect, and connecting them with per ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a Foster Care Advisory Group to develop recommendations to help strengthen the state’s foster-care system.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new effort is under way to help repair cracks in Ohio's child-welfare and foster-care system. A 20-member Foster Care Advisory Group, formed by Attorney General Mike DeWine, is charged with developing proposals that will reduce cases of abuse and neglect and help children find a p ...Read More

PHOTO:  If you have old confidential documents that need to be thrown out, it can be done in ways to avoid identity theft and still be recycled.

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is the time of year when people prepare for tax filing and discover they need to dispose of boxes of old documents that include confidential information. There are ways to do it which protect your identity and still allow all of it to be recycled. Reo Menning with Metro Was ...Read More

PHOTO: An increase in the minimum wage is among the proposals being debated at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the 2013 Legislature in session, another push is under way at the state Capitol to raise the minimum wage in Minnesota. One proposal would hike the minimum to $9.50 an hour for large employers. That plan is supported by a broad coalition of groups, including Children's Defense ...Read More

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