PNS Daily Newscast - April 2, 2020 

The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 

Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Archive: March 18, 2015

PHOTO: Those who attend one of the upcoming Encore Entrepreneur workshops will have the chance to hear from Michiganders who have successfully started businesses later in life, such as Lynda Herkner, shown here. Herkner and her sisters, all in their 60s and 70s, launched Herkner's Original Fruit Toppings based on a family recipe. Photo courtesy of Mark Hornbeck, AARP Michigan.

LANSING, Mich. - If you've ever considered starting your own business but thought it was too late in life to follow that dream, AARP and the Small Business Administration want you to think again. Through the Encore Entrepreneurs program, the two organizations are teaming up to host a series of free ...Read More

PHOTO: Nearly $17 million was spent on fall legislative races in Wisconsin, up from $16.5 million in the last round of legislative elections in 2012, according to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Photo credit:

MADISON, Wis. - The amount of money spent in the 2014 Wisconsin fall legislative elections was $16.8 million, slightly higher than the $16.5 million spent in 2012 but well short of the $19.2 million spent in 2010. Mike Buelow, research director of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which ...Read More

PHOTO: A committee hearing is set for today on a bill to provide funding for mobile food-shelf programs in Minnesota. Supporters say mobile pantries are more efficient and economical and can reach those families that lack transportation options. Photo credit: The Open Door.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota families who struggle with hunger often face a number of other challenges such as transportation - and a bill up for a hearing today at the state Capitol aims to make sure that getting to the food they need isn't one of them. Peter Woitock, a community organizer for Hung ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to approve a bill to update standards for physical-education classes in schools and set grade-specific benchmarks. Photo credit: Jim Larrison/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol aims to make sure Minnesota school children are being active. State Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, said the legislation calls for the updating of s ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowans get a chance to weigh in today and next week as the Environmental Protection Commission holds hearings on proposed changes to the state's four-inch rule on topsoil. Photo credit: Carmen Shields/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A series of public hearings begins today on a controversial proposal to change the rule on the preservation of topsoil at Iowa's home and business construction sites. As it stands now, if one acre or more of land is disturbed during construction and there is at least four inches ...Read More

A new report that details the benefits and 50-year history of Community Health Centers notes that they are key to getting affordable health care to folks in Wyoming. A big chunk of the federal funding that keeps the clinics open is set to expire in October, unless Congress acts. Credit: Wyoming Primary Care Association.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A new report that details the benefits and 50-year history of Community Health Centers notes that they are key to getting affordable health care to folks in rural areas - which describes most of Wyoming. Nearly 20,000 Wyomingites receive care at 13 health centers in Wyoming, said J ...Read More

Photo: Analysis from the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center finds that North Carolina's economy still is lagging behind in economic recovery following the Great Recession. Photo credit:

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's been seven years since the Great Recession hit North Carolina, but seven isn't such a lucky number for thousands of North Carolinians still reeling from the impact, according to a report released this week by the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center. The analysis found that the ...Read More

PHOTO: Itís National Poison Prevention Week, and a new report finds toddlers and teens are most at risk for medicine poisonings. Photo credit: cohdra/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - While medication plays an important role in management and prevention of pain, disease and other health issues, it also can be very dangerous in the hands of little ones. A report released today from Safe Kids Worldwide revealed that 1- and 2-year-olds account for more than half ...Read More

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