PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 

Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 

The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Archive: January 30, 2014

PHOTO: A new study finds nearly 7-in-10 of Arkansas 4th-graders are reading below grade level, and the reading gap between high- and low-income students is growing. CREDIT:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly 70y percent of Arkansas fourth-graders don't read proficiently, but there are ways to fix the problem. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, nearly seven out of 10 state fourth-grade students don't read as well as they should. And nearly eight out o ...Read More

PHOTO: Bus and car traffic isn't the only danger to children outside of schools  health researchers say idling vehicles also can cause a significant amount of air pollution. Photo credit:

CINCINNATI – Turn those engines off when you're sitting near a school waiting to pick up children. Idling school buses and other vehicles can pose a significant health risk to youngsters. Dr. Patrick Ryan and other researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital studied the air quality at fou ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon gets a

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's foreclosure rate is higher than the national average, according to a new financial scorecard. It gives the state a "D" for a housing market that is unaffordable for many and still pulling out of the mortgage crisis. Advocates for homeowners at risk say the low grade is n ...Read More

Photo: Sunrise illuminates the marsh around Preacher Hole, a popular fishing spot along the Caber Coastal Connector. Courtesy: Eric Zamora, Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This November, Florida voters will have the chance to take part in a historic vote. The Legacy Amendment – now classified as Amendment 1 – will be on the ballot. If it passes, it would dedicate a portion of the state's real estate transfer fee to water and l ...Read More

Photo: Marquantte says the EITC makes a huge difference. Courtesy: Marquantte

AURORA, Colo. - Friday is Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, and thousands of Coloradans will benefit from the credit that offers an economic boost as they begin the new year. President Obama highlighted the importance of the EITC in his State of the Union address, and consumer advocacy groups ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report shows more than 30-percent of Utah households are financially insecure. Photo credit: U-S Department of the Treasury.

SALT LAKE CITY – Nearly one in three Utah households is living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little or no financial safety net, according to the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The CEFD's annual Assets and Opportunity Scorecard shows that 32 percent of households don't have enough saving ...Read More

PHOTO: Gather up the paperwork. There's free help starting this weekend for filing taxes. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is available at several locations in Wyoming, and will assist anyone with a low to moderate income. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - It's time to gather up the paperwork. There's free help starting this weekend for filing taxes. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is available at several locations in Wyoming, and will assist anyone with a low to moderate income. Tim Lockwood is the associate state director of ...Read More

Solid Waste Officials in the Marcellus counties are concerned about the amount and possible toxic nature of the drill cuttings being sent to their landfills. They say the material has the potential to leach pollution into local water supplies. Fracking well DIAGRAM by the EPA.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - While lawmakers deal with above-ground storage tanks, another huge potential source of water contamination is quietly building: drill cuttings from Marcellus wells. Officials in the gas counties say enormous amounts of Marcellus drill cuttings and other waste are threatening to o ...Read More

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