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.

Archive: April 6, 2015

PHOTO: Whether you're receiving a small or large refund from the government, financial experts say it's important to first pay yourself, and put a percentage away for retirement before spending any of the money. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - Tax time is here, and if you're one of the many Michiganders expecting a refund from Uncle Sam, experts say you should think twice before spending that check. While a vacation or shopping spree may be tempting, Jenny Bickel with Frankenmuth Credit Union says about four in 10 wo ...Read More

PHOTO: Spring brings change and renewal, and tree pollen can mean miseries for allergy and asthma sufferers. A Milwaukee allergist says the key to getting through the spring allergy season is working with your doctor to develop a plan to deal with allergies, knowing what triggers your allergic reactions, and having appropriate medications on hand to deal with reactions. Photo credit: T. J. Morrissey

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - For the half-million Wisconsinites with asthma and those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the question is the same every year around this time, how bad will this year be? Milwaukee allergist Dr. Gary Stevens always answers that question with a tongue-in-cheek response. "Everyb ...Read More

PHOTO: Beavers are busy in the Snohomish watershed, as they're being relocated to higher elevations where their dam-building skills help moderate stream flow and provide better habitat for salmon and other fish. Photo courtesy Beavers Northwest.

SEATTLE - Sometimes moving to a new neighborhood is the best choice for everyone. That's the theory behind a research project by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington to relocate beaver families. The critters have become a nuisance in the lowlands but in higher elevations, their hard work can benefit th ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill that would make driving under the influence a felony on a fourth conviction is getting bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Photo Credit: Bev Sykes/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make a fourth DUI conviction a class-4 felony. The original proposal was amended after it became apparent how costly the measure would be for taxpayers. The new version cuts costs by a $1 million in the first year, and projections for three years ou ...Read More

Is hydraulic fracturing is compromising the growing local food movement? Credit: Drumguy8800/Wikipedia

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sustainably produced foods are becoming more popular among consumers, but some Ohioans say the state's fracking boom is stifling the growth of the local food movement. According to the EPA, dozens of chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing, which some growers say puts air, water ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation in Illinois would limit the use of data collected by automated license plate readers for only ongoing investigations. According to the ACLU, the cameras can read one license plate per second  amounting to nearly 28,000 plates in eight hours. Photo credit: Steve Vance/Flickr.

CHICAGO - Mounted on police cars or sites around town, automated license plate readers are monitoring the coming and going of thousands of Illinois motorists every day. The cameras read license plates as a system records the date, time and location of each passing vehicle. According to Adam Schwart ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Consumer advocates warn that unscrupulous contractors are raking in billions from home improvement scams, and after the rough winter in New Hampshire, local scams are surfacing. The good news is you can protect yourself with a few simple steps. Graphic courtesy of AARP.

CONCORD, N.H. - Homes all across New England have weathered a rough winter, and many are now in need of repair. That's why local consumer watchdogs are warning residents to beware of scam artists offering steep home repair discounts. Former FBI Agent Bob Denz says scam artists usually say they "hap ...Read More

PHOTO: More children are getting their first meal of the day at school and benefiting from better nutrition standards, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

AUSTIN, Texas - School breakfast is getting healthier and reaching more children, according to new analysis by the Food Research and Action Center. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed in 2010 to improve nutrition standards, and overall kids aren't turning up their noses. In the most recent ...Read More

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