PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Archive: October 8, 2013

PHOTO: Nurse Vicki Neumeier sees herself as an ambassador for the Affordable Care Act, because she says on the job, she too often sees the consequences of being uninsured. Photo credit: Linnae Riesen, SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW.
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SEATTLE - As people who are uninsured or self-employed start the process of getting health coverage through the state's online insurance marketplace, there's one stop they might want to make first. The SEIU Washington State Council, made up of unions that represent some nurses and home-care workers ...Read More

PHOTO: The Utah Farmer's Union calls congressional delay in passing a new Farm Bill

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Farmers Union is growing concerned that Congress, in letting the already-extended Farm Bill expire at the end of September, could hurt farmers in Utah and around the country. Utah Farmers Union vice president Ron Stratford called the Farm Bill lapse "ridiculous," and sai ...Read More

PHOTO: A program at Des Moines Area Community College has increased graduation rates to among the best in the nation. CREDIT: DMACC

DES MOINES, Iowa – For many students, the transition into college can be challenging and short-lived, but an Iowa school is among those leading the way in getting students to the finish line. The graduation rate of 42 percent at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is the best in the stat ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Just two-percent of counties in the U.S. account for a majority of the death sentences, according to a new report. Courtesy Death Penalty Information Center.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Not all counties are created equal when it comes to issuing death penalty sentences in North Carolina, or in the rest of the country. According to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center, half of North Carolina's death sentences since 1977 have been handed down in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says better compensation for landowners and streamlined regulations are two keys for building an energy transmission infrastructure to meet the needs of the future. Photo credit: Stephen Bowler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As America's energy system undergoes a transformation to include more renewable sources, a new report finds the aging grid and the old, traditional policies on power transmission are not working. Jonathan Hladik, senior policy advocate with the Center for Rural Affairs and r ...Read More

Photo: Closed entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Courtesy: National Parks Conservation Association.

ESTES PARK, Colo. - Colorado's four national parks and the communities around them are seeing a stark economic effect from the government shutdown. Nationwide, 21,000 National Park Service employees are furloughed and as many as 750,000 would-be park visitors will be turned away daily. Estes Park ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakota farmers and ranchers are being asked to weigh in on the enrollment process for this year's Conservation Stewardship Program. CREDIT: USDA

BISMARCK, N. D. - North Dakota farmers and ranchers can weigh in on the enrollment process for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). As this year's CSP contracts are being finalized, those who went through the process are being asked for their critiques. Traci Bruckner, assistant director for ...Read More

PHOTO: Campaign finance reform advocates in New York are watching a case at the U.S. Supreme Court today that they say could “blow up” the state’s existing limits on donations to candidates. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A case being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today could do away with limits on how much money individuals can donate to political candidates. Some say it could spell the end of New York's campaign finance reform efforts. An Alabama businessman, Shaun McCutcheon, and the Republic ...Read More

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