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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.


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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: April 4, 2013

PHOTO: In 2007, Mickey Gendler was cycling on Seattle's historic Montlake Bridge when his tire got caught in a gap in the metal grating. The accident severely injured his spinal cord. Photo credit: Joe Mabel at Wikimedia Commons.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Legislation in Olympia would make it optional for state or local governments to pay up when they are sued for negligence in high-dollar cases. The bill says if a jury awards more than $1 million to an individual or $2 million to a group, the government entity can put off paying inde ...Read More

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Gov. Pence is against expanding Medicaid to help cover some 400,000 uninsured Hoosiers. He is banking on federal government approval of the expansion of the already existing Healthy Indiana Plan, known as HIP. Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), chair of the Public Health Committee, h ...Read More

PHOTO: HUD recently awarded $4 million to Arkansas housing and service programs for the homeless, but a bill in the legislature would allocate the same amount of state funds for rent assistance and improvements to Arkansas' aging housing stock. Courtesy of HUD.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It may be time to put the "fund" into the Arkansas Housing Trust Fund. It has not yet received any state money in the four years since it was created. However, last week a bill passed the state Senate to allocate up to $4 million to the fund - $1 million for each congressional di ...Read More

PHOTO: State Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry won his seat using public financing, much to the surprise of political observers. Photo courtesy of the state Supreme Court.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As lawmakers consider two bills making public financing for State Supreme Court elections permanent, the justice elected under the pilot program says it worked because it gave people a chance to feel good about politics for a change. Justice Allen Loughry accepted public financin ...Read More

PHOTO: An oversight in funding has now been fixed in Washington D.C. and enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program is underway. Since 2009, Minnesota has led all states in number of CSP participants and funding. CREDIT: Erik Abderhalden

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Another sure sign that spring has arrived across the farmlands of Minnesota is that sign-up is now under way for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Funding had been in jeopardy, but policy organizer Adam Warthesen with the Land Stewardship Project said the oversight has be ...Read More

ACLU of Maryland and other groups are trying to stop a bill that would limit public defender representation. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Maryland Senate committee is poised to vote on a bill as early as today that would change how people with low incomes are represented by public defenders. The bill would end the representation after a bail hearing and require the defendant to re-apply for help. Joanna Diamond, p ...Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. Kasich's plan to expand Medicaid provides a rare opportunity to expand access to mental health and addiction treatment for thousands of Ohioans. State and local funds currently cover those services for uninsured people, and under Medicaid expansion, those dollars can be redirec ...Read More

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