PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 

Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 

Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

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PHOTO: Becky Higgins, President of the Ohio Education Association, is among thousands of educators gathered for a national meeting to discuss pressing issues facing students and teachers. Photo credit: Ohio Education Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Education leaders from Ohio and around the nation are gathered in Denver, Colorado, this week to explore the issues facing students, schools, and teachers. Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins is at the National Education Association's (NEA) Annual Meeting and R ...Read More

PHOTO: A close-up of one of two baby bald eagles (called eaglets) in its nest at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Photo credit: Jim Colligan. - See more at:

SHELTER ISLAND, N.Y. - Two baby bald eagles are beginning to "take wing" on Long Island, and could be soaring in time to celebrate Independence Day later this week. The bald eagle nest at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island has been monitored from afar for months. The pres ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington Federation of State Employees shop steward Claude Theard (standing) talks with workers at the University of Washington as part of the union's grassroots effort to reach out to non-members who pay a representation fee, and invite them to become full union members. Photo courtesy of WFSE.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision on Monday some types of workers don't have to pay union dues if they don't want to be union members. The Illinois case involved home-care aides whose clients' services are paid for by the state, but who aren't technically state emplo ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana's State Fire Marshal is reminding residents to follow the law and use common sense to prevent fireworks-related injuries and fires during the Fourth of July holiday. Photo credit: Alvimann / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Fireworks and the Fourth of July may go hand-in-hand, but Hoosiers are being reminded to use common sense when celebrating this week. Consumer fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are legal in Indiana, but State Fire Marshal James Greeson says they are sti ...Read More

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby will not have to pay for insurance coverage for certain contraception procedures for its employees following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

PHOENIX - Family-planning advocates in Arizona are reacting to Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favors Hobby Lobby in its objection, on religious grounds, to paying for insurance coverage for certain contraceptive procedures for its employees under the Affordable Care Act. The five-to-four ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds agriculture in Michigan could experience significant financial losses if the impacts of climate change are not addressed. Photo credit: S. Garton/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Extreme heat could change the face of agriculture in Michigan. New research outlines the financial impacts businesses face in the coming years if action is not taken to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The report from the Risky Business Project predicts a two-degree jump in ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois is showing significant improvement in helping older residents live independently at home as they age, according to a new scorecard from AARP. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is showing significant improvement in helping older residents live independently at home as they age, according to a new scorecard from AARP. The state ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to the long-term care needs of older residents. David Vinkler, associate state ...Read More

PHOTO: The gypsy moth feeds on over 250 species of trees and shrubs, and Illinois is applying treatments in nine areas to stop its spread. Photo credit: Jeff Delonge/Wikimedia Commons.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Small airplanes are flying over Northern Illinois this week as part of a summer battle to stop a destructive pest. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is spraying about 38,000 acres at nine sites to stop the spread of the gypsy moth. State plant and pesticide specialist ...Read More

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