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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Archive: December 4, 2015

A story published this week on millionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner highlights his unprecedented self-funded campaign, prompting some to call for campaign-finance reforms. Credit: Illinois.gov

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Never have so few people given so much campaign money in the modern history of Illinois politics. That's the big takeaway of a New York Times profile this week of millionaire Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's run for office last year. The Times found that Rauner's funders took advant ...Read More

Residents living near North Dakota's natural-gas flares have been asking the government to look into possible health effects. Credit: iStock

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Today ends the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's new natural-gas emissions rules, and Native American residents living near some of North Dakota's natural-gas flares have been trying to get the government to listen to their health concerns. Lisa DeVill ...Read More

In New York state, 17 percent of Latinos still have no health insurance. Credit: CDC/public-domain-image.com

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NEW YORK - Two years after the opening of the Health Exchange, more than 90 percent of New Yorkers have health insurance - but the state's immigrant population is lagging far behind. Statewide, 17 percent of Latinos still are uninsured, and in Suffolk County, 44 percent of all uninsured individuals ...Read More

The ability to vote early is gaining momentum in New York state as advocates push for voting reforms. Credit: Kristen Price.<br /> <br />

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Voter turnout in New York is low - really low. The state ranks 46th in the nation in a United States Election Project study. Experts say the reasons vary, but advocates are renewing calls for New York to join 33 other states that allow some form of expanded or early voting to get mor ...Read More

Sen. Denise Harper Angel is being named a Champion for Justice for her work to reduce Kentucky's backlog of untested rape kits. Credit: LRC Public Information.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - An investigation earlier this year by Kentucky's state auditor uncovered 3,090 untested rape kits. According to Eileen Recktenwald, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, the survey of 400 law enforcement agencies across the state has kick-started ...Read More

A new report documents the effects of a widening wealth gap in the United States and offers recommendations for limiting inequality. Credit: Revisorweb/Wikimedia Commons.

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AUSTIN, Texas - Patriotic Millionaires, a group that counts Warren Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., and chief executives of Fortune 500 companies among its ranks, has released a report exposing a growing wealth gap between the 400 richest Americans and the rest of the population. Chuck Collins, an heir to ...Read More

Former Massey chief executive Don Blankenship's conviction serves as a warning to executives in charge of workplace safety. Credit: Brian Hayden/Wikipedia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Don Blankenship has been convicted of conspiring to hide dangers at Massey coal mines, and workplace-safety experts say it's a warning for other executives. Blankenship, the former Massey chief executive, was found guilty of conspiring to deceive federal Mine Safety and Health A ...Read More

Wildlife advocacy groups give California's new draft Gray Wolf Conservation Plan mixed reviews.

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Wildlife advocates are criticizing aspects of California's new gray wolf conservation plan, saying it envisions taking them off the endangered-species list much too early. The first gray wolf pack in decades crossed into California from Oregon earlier this year. Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organ ...Read More

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