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: October 24, 2013

Photo: Historic forum will focus on Latino and African-American Issues on Long Island. Diane Goins with New York Communities for Change was involved in a recent get-out-the-vote drive. Photo credit: LICET

NEW YORK – The candidates for Nassau County executive face off tonight in a bilingual forum that will for the first time focus on issues impacting working-class communities of color. Steve McFarland, the Nassau County organizer for the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, says it is historic ...Read More

PHOTO: Today, October will be proclaimed

GARDEN CITY, Idaho - Today, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will proclaim October as "Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month" in Idaho. The focus is on children this year, as well as on nutrition education for everyone. Kathy Gardner, director, Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, said it surprises people when ...Read More

PHOTO: Doctors hope to spread the word about the importance of lead poisoning prevention efforts, as they say the condition is entirely preventable. Image courtesy National Lead Information Center.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It's estimated that nearly a half-million children in the U.S., including many in Missouri, have elevated levels of lead in their blood, but because of federal budget cuts, it may be up to parents to recognize the condition. Congress all but eliminated federal funding for ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say poor oral health and unmet dental-care needs can put children at an academic disadvantage. Photo of child in dental chair. Credit: M. Kuhlman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health professionals say Ohio is not making the grade when it comes to the oral health care of children. According to the Ohio Department of Health, dental care is the top unmet need of Ohio's children, with more than half experiencing dental decay by third grade. Sandy Sm ...Read More

IMAGE: Medicare’s annual open-enrollment period is under way, overlapping with open enrollment for the new health-insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. IMAGE: Medicare graphic. Courtesy AARP Illinois.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Medicare's annual open-enrollment period started this month, but there is some confusion among Illinoisans, since it coincides with the launch of the federal health-insurance marketplaces. Heather Heppner, associate state director for communications, AARP Illinois, said it's impo ...Read More

PHOTO:  A new report finds that Kentucky has the lowest wage limit for parents to qualify for child-care assistance. Child advocates say that's forcing parents to make tough decisions. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new report finds it's now tougher to qualify for child care assistance in Kentucky than anywhere else in the country. In a budget-cutting move, Kentucky shifted its eligibility limit in July from 150 percent of the federal poverty rate to 100 percent. And according the Na ...Read More

Photo: Aerial view of Stapleton, a city known for its walkability. Courtesy:

DENVER - The concept of a Main Street and walkable community is nothing new, but it's a piece of Americana that all but disappeared in many cities until recently. This week, leaders from Colorado's Front Range and the region attended a Livable Communities Summit to discuss how the state can build on ...Read More

Photo: Beyond Coal campaign participants in front of the Duke coal-fired power plant in Asheville. Courtesy: Sierra Club

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Asheville has joined Los Angeles and Chicago in approving a resolution to phase out the use of fossil fuels to create electricity and replace them with clean energy. The unanimous vote by the City Council targeting Duke Energy's coal-fired power plant makes Asheville the first sout ...Read More

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