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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Archive: May 22, 2014

Photo: The National Committee for the New River worked with the Plummer Farm in Ashe County to place the farm under conservation easement in 2003. Courtesy: Blue Ridge Forever

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. – Locally grown fruits and vegetables are beginning to make an appearance at farmers' markets in North Carolina at a time when farms are disappearing around the state. Numbers released this month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the state losing 2,700 farms f ...Read More

PHOTO: Will Phillips and Jim Scheibel with AARP Minnesota meeting with Rep. Collin Peterson on Wednesday in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy: AARP.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Americans in the state and the nation continue to age, Congress is being urged to take action on a long list of legislation that's being called vital to older adults and their families. That includes passage of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, say ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of Michiganders receiving help from the federal government to complete their grocery shopping has dropped by 80,000 over the past year, which officials say could be a sign the economy is picking up. Photo courtesy of calgrin/

LANSING, Mich. – It could be another sign the state's economy is slowly improving – not as many Michiganders are relying on the government to put food on the table. Kevin Concannon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, say ...Read More

PHOTO: Two congressmen from Ohio are among those deciding the fate of the nationís chemical safety law, known as the Chemicals in Commerce Act. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A measure aimed at reducing the public's exposure to toxic chemicals actually could roll back current protections. A U.S. House of Representatives committee is drafting a version of the Chemicals in Commerce Act and some health and environmental groups say it's too focused o ...Read More

PHOTO: A proposal at the Statehouse would double Ohio's Earned Income Tax Credit to 10 percent of the federal credit. Photo credit: Alexander Smith/wikimedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state Senate Finance Committee is deciding on its changes to Gov. John Kasich's mid-biennium review budget. Among the approved measures is an increase of the state's Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, for low-wage Ohio families from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federa ...Read More

Photo: Actress Jessica Alba is among those fighting for greater consumer protection against chemicals in products. Courtesy: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

DENVER – Consumer awareness of the chemicals used in the products Coloradans use every day, and even those utilized in the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing could be determined by actions in Washington in the coming months. Legislation currently before Congress is meant to offer ...Read More

Photo: Coloradans enjoy the quality of life afforded by the state's large number of rivers and streams. Courtesy:

PUEBLO, Colo. – If the Colorado economy were a glass, water makes the glass half full. That was the message heard on Wednesday by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in Pueblo. Business leaders across the state spoke on behalf of the state's water plan and its importance to business deve ...Read More

PHOTO: More than $500,000 left behind by inmates of the Nassau County Correctional Facility could be used to fund strapped youth services agencies, if only county legislators could agree on it. Photo credit: kconnors/<br /><br />

FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y. – It's a bit like finding spare change left under the sofa cushions – to the tune of half a million dollars. A recent audit found that $570,000 in unclaimed funds was left behind by former inmates at the Nassau County Correctional Facility, in their commissary accou ...Read More

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