PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 

Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 

Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Archive: October 30, 2013

Photo: Protestors dressed as maids, janitors and chimney sweeps will march outside the governor's mansion on Wednesday evening. Photo courtesy National Register of Historic Places.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Dozens of North Carolinians will be outside the governor's mansion tonight, dressed as maids, janitors and chimney sweeps - but they're not trick-or-treating. They're asking Gov. Pat McCrory to do some "cleaning up" at the state's Department of Health and Human Services. At issue ar ...Read More

PHOTO: One year ago, Superstorm Sandy cut a breach through a narrow part of Fire Island. In one of the hurricane’s few “silver linings,” that cut resulted in slightly less damaging brown tide this summer in Great South Bay. Courtesy National Parks Service.

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. - If anything good can come out of Superstorm Sandy, environmentalists say it might be the opportunity to rebuild superstructure with an eye toward curbing wastewater discharges into New York's waterways. They point to a "project" left behind by the storm itself. Sandy cut a brea ...Read More

PHOTO: Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says one of his priorities is to stop massive budget cuts to the 'SNAP' or Food Stamp program. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Stopping massive budget cuts to the SNAP program - often called food stamps - is a goal of Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Udall is among almost 40 senators calling on both houses of Congress to stop all proposed funding cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is usuall ...Read More

PHOTO: The Twelfth Annual Vegas Valley Book Festival starts today, and this year's focus is on getting children excited about reading.Image courtesy of the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

LAS VEGAS - The 12th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival starts today, and this year's focus is on getting children excited about reading. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 people to more than 100 events, featuring more than 165 authors. Eileen Horn, a member of the festival's litera ...Read More

PHOTO: A Montana mother of a new baby pushed her daughter along in a

HELENA, Mont., and WASHINGTON - A Montana mother of a new baby pushed her daughter along in a "stroller brigade" in the nation's capital Tuesday, along with thousands of others who are calling for updates to the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. We're all exposed to thousands of chemicals each day, ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A new report indicates an encouraging decline in the number of assaults in Ohio's youth corrections facilities. Courtesy Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report carries some positive news about safety inside Ohio's youth corrections system. The study released by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee cited slightly more than 1,100 substantiated assaults in 2012 - a 31 percent decrease from 2011. Sharon Weitzenhof, ...Read More

PHOTO: The Tennessee Wilderness Act seeks to permanently protect 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest and add the first new wilderness area in Tennessee in more than a quarter-century. Photo credit: Chris M. Morris

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With Congress back in session this week, a renewed push is on for passage of a new Tennessee Wilderness Act. Today marks the 29th anniversary of the original. The first Tennessee Wilderness Act was signed into law Oct. 30, 1984, by President Reagan. Leading the effort locally at ...Read More

IMAGE: The jobless rate among all Minnesotans continues to move lower, but there is still a big unemployment gap between minorities and whites. Graph courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - While Minnesota officially has recovered jobs lost over the Great Recession and the unemployment rate continues to trend down, the state is still struggling with a major employment gap among races. Minorities are two to three times more likely to be unemployed than whites, said L ...Read More

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