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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 

President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.

2020Talks - September 24, 2020 

A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Archive: October 28, 2013

PHOTO: In Long Beach, one of the hardest-hit New York communities, the homeless and the displaced are still being helped, one year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc. Courtesy Andrea Booher/FEMA.

LONG BEACH, N.Y. - Long Island was struggling with a shortage of affordable housing before Hurricane Sandy damaged tens of thousands of structures one year ago. People displaced by the storm are still being helped, many living in hotels, motels or with friends or family. Jodi Lieberman, program di ...Read More

PHOTO: PBS “Frontline” correspondent Hedrick Smith, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Soviet Union, has turned his attention to America and what’s ailing it. Courtesy Hedrick Smith Productions.

BOSTON - Hedrick Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Soviet Union and wrote a best-seller called "The Russians." Now it's America that's under the magnifier wielded by Smith, a former New York Times editor and a correspondent on the PBS show "Frontline." According to Smith, the 22 m ...Read More

PHOTO: An ombudsman born from Wall Street collapse is helping PA students with private loan complaints.

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania college students, with student-loan complaints ranging from high fees to inaccurate payment information, are getting help from an authority formed after the Wall Street collapse of 2008. The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau was established in 2012, and documents the ...Read More

The AR AARP wants volunteers for Tax-Aid - the largest free tax assistance program of its kind in the country. PHOTO courtesy of the AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It might not seem very likely, but there actually is a way to get some fun and satisfaction out of filing income taxes: The Arkansas AARP is looking for volunteers to help with their free tax assistance program. According to Mike Rodda, who has been part of the AARP Foundation' ...Read More

Public efforts like the 5,2,1,0 campaign are showing signs of having an impact on the diet of West Virginia children. GRAPHIC courtesy of Keys 4 Healthy Kids.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One of the doctors heading up an effort to address childhood obesity in West Virginia says she's seeing some progress. Dr. Jamie Jeffrey, medical director for Healthy Kids Pediatric Weight Management Program at the Charleston Area Medical Center, said childhood obesity grew so qu ...Read More

PHOTO: Center for Rural Affairs research director, Jon Bailey, says there appears to be a range of choices for health insurance carriers under the Affordable Care Act in the Midwest and Great Plains. Photo courtesy of CFRA.

YANKTON, S.D. - Late last week a New York Times report found the Affordable Care Act is falling short in keeping costs low for many people in rural America. It said that in rural areas there are far fewer carriers offering plans in the law's online exchanges. However, the research director for the ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan residents who receive federal food assistance will see their benefits decrease by the end of this week, even as Congress debates further cuts to the anti-hunger program. Photo courtesy of

LANSING, Mich. - At the height of the recession, Congress authorized a small increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), but that extra funding runs out Nov. 1, leaving many Michigan residents struggling even harder to put food on the table. Beginning next week, ...Read More

PHOTO: The Sage Grouse that lives in areas of Nevada and California is close to being listed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Image courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity.

RENO, Nev. - The Greater Sage Grouse inhabiting areas of Nevada and California is close to being listed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Rob Mrowka, a Nevada-based ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking the actio ...Read More

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