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: A new report bolsters New York towns such as Dryden that won the right to zone out fracking because of health and safety concerns. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch Earthjustice.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new report backs up Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking and details a wide range of environmental dangers. Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg said the Department of Environmental Conservation report spells out a long list of potential dangers from fracking ope ...Read More

PHOTO: The 2013 explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 and resulted in damages surpassing $100 million. Proposed state legislation to reduce the chance of a repeat has cleared the House and awaits a vote in the Senate. Photo credit, VOA/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - A fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, exploded on April 17, 2013, killing 15 people, including 10 first responders. The plant had not been inspected in decades. Two bills - House Bills 684 and 942 - remain alive in the closing days of the legislative session that could help ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kenyan university student inspired by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai has spent the past five months learning about reforestation by planting spruce trees in West Virginia. Photo courtesy of CASRI.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Kenyan college student is getting ready to take home lessons he learned over five months working in West Virginia's spruce reforestation. University of Nairobi political science major Mart Kabochi, 22, has been in the state since the beginning of the year and has worked as an ...Read More

PHOTO: A state Senate plan to shift to privatized public employee pensions would be a bad deal for retirees and would ultimately would leave Pennsylvania taxpayers on the hook, analysts say. Picture courtesy of the state of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Privatized pensions - such as those pressed by state Senate leaders - actually have higher fees and lower returns, analysts say. The Republican lawmakers say they won't approve a state budget until Gov. Tom Wolf accepts their plan for dealing with Pennsylvania's $50 billion pensio ...Read More

Students who wish to opt out of standardized testing in the Commonwealth now have the backing of the state's largest teachers union. Credit: Wikimedia -

BOSTON - While the school year is nearing the end, many students still face a round of standardized testing - and now students who decide to opt out have the state's largest teachers union behind them. Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni said the union supports students op ...Read More

Photo: A new study shows rural residents should call 911 if they think they are having a heart attack. Photo by GDNS

SSIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The natural instinct for many people in rural areas is to jump in the car and hurry to the nearest hospital if there are signs of a heart attack. A new study from the American Heart Association shows better outcomes from calling 911 and waiting for an ambulance. A review of mor ...Read More

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