PNS Daily Newscast - June 3, 2020 

Episcopal bishops call out Trump's appearance in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in DC; and a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Dept.

2020Talks - June 3, 2020 

Eight states plus Washington DC had primaries yesterday, in the midst of both the new coronavirus pandemic and clashes between law enforcement and protestors.

Archive: July 1, 2013

PHOTO: The Ohio state budget goes into effect today, but the General Assembly did not include in it Governor John Kasich’s plans to expand Medicaid. Photo of the Ohio Statehouse. Credit

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State legislators are off for summer break, but they left some unfinished business that affects hundreds of thousands of lives. The state budget goes into effect today, but the General Assembly did not include in it Gov. John Kasich's plans to expand Medicaid. AARP Ohio Associate ...Read More

IMAGE: While the U.S. is approaching its energy “independence day,” clean energy advocate Amanda Ormond says every effort must still be made to reduce climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions. CREDIT: Arizona State University.

PHOENIX - By some estimates, the U.S. is growing close to its "energy independence day," when the nation no longer needs to import energy from foreign sources. Oil and natural gas production are booming, along with new sources of renewable energy. However, an Arizona clean-energy advocate warns th ...Read More

PHOTO: Factory Butte is one of many geographic points of interest in the 2.1 million acres covered by the Richfield Resource Management Plan. Courtesy of BLM.

SALT LAKE CITY - Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on public land is the issue this week in a Salt Lake courtroom. On Tuesday, the first of six Resource Management Plans by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will come under fire from conservation groups. It is a battle that started in 2008, when they f ...Read More

PHOTO: Virginia's tougher texting law goes into effect today. Photo credit: Virginia Tech

RICHMOND, Va. - Starting today, texting while driving is a primary offense in Virginia. That means police can now stop drivers they spot tapping out a text and slap them with a much heftier fine. Janet Brooking, executive director, DriveSmart Virginia, said Virginians should not text when they are ...Read More

PHOTO: Driving gets more expensive in Maryland today with increases in tolls and the gas tax rate. Photo credit: AAA Mid-Atlantic

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Just in time for Fourth of July travel, it's getting more expensive to drive in Maryland. The gas tax rate goes up today, raising the tax from about 23.5 cents to 27 cents a gallon. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic public affairs specialist Jeanette Tejada de Gomez, it's mixed news f ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for LifeLine telephone service are concerned a measure introduced in the Assembly would interfere with the service which they say is invaluable in low-income communities. Courtesy TURN.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - There'll be lobbying in Sacramento and around the state this week to try to stop a bill (AB 1407) that critics say is a telecoms industry attempt to take away the Public Utility Commission's authority to adopt a program that meets the needs of communities. According to advocates ...Read More

INDIANAPOLIS - A consumer-rights group, the Citizens Action Coalition, is asking in a letter to the state Attorney General to investigate whether over 50 communities buying electricity from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency are getting the low-cost electricity promised by IMPA's investment in the P ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A summer study group, the "Medicaid Opportunities and Challenges Task Force" was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to study the possible expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota. The expansion, part of the federal Affordable Care Act, would potentially extend coverage to about 5 ...Read More

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