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PNS Daily Newscast - November 18, 2019 


President Trump invited to testify in person or in writing, says Pelosi; a battle over the worth of rooftop-solar electricity when it's sold back to the grid; the flu gets an early start; and the value of Texas family caregivers.

2020Talks - November 18, 2019 


Former Pres. Barack Obama cautioned Democrats to be more moderate, and incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins over Trump-backed Republican opponent.

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The Idaho Legislature meets in a special session today to consider a bill that would bring Idaho into compliance on child-support enforcement standards. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - A North Idaho mom says she has her fingers crossed today, as the Idaho Legislature meets in a special session to consider a bill that would bring Idaho into compliance on child-support enforcement standards. It's legislation that affects nearly one in four Idaho kids, according to ...Read More

PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from the non-partisan Wisconsin Budget Project says the state could avoid the deep budget cuts proposed by the Walker administration by doing away with tax breaks the state can no longer afford, and by accepting federal assistance to expand the state's BadgerCare program. Photo credit: WI Legislature

MADISON, Wis. - New estimates from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau show there will be no additional tax revenue to help lawmakers avoid the deep budget cuts proposed by Governor Scott Walker. The director of the non-partisan Wisconsin Budget Project, Jon Peacock, says there's a way around what he call ...Read More

Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds, and there have been moves to do that in both the U.S. House and Senate. Photo of beach-goers at Assateague Island. Courtesy: National Park Service.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, warns allowing state control would lock up lands for private development, and other parc ...Read More

PHOTO: A group of fourth-grade students has made passing a smoke-free law in Middlesboro their civics project. Their City Council votes on it this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. – In Kentucky, local smoke-free laws now cover about a third of the state's nearly 4.5 million people. And it may come as a surprise who is leading the call for a smoke-free ordinance in one town – seven fourth-graders. They are members of the Destination Imagination ...Read More

PHOTO: More people than ever now have health insurance in Minnesota, but efforts are underway to go beyond just the coverage rate and make sure the newly insured can access and navigate the health care system. Photo credit:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Great gains have been made in recent years to push Minnesota's uninsured rate to its lowest level in history, but many challenges remain in making that equate to a healthier state. Allison Corrado, program officer with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, says ...Read More

PHOTO: A new USDA report shows many high skill jobs in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment sectors, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Photo credit: ackab1/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New research shows a growing demand for highly skilled workers in agriculture, but not enough young people are choosing that field of study. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 60,000 high skill job openings in the nation's food, agriculture, re ...Read More

PHOTO: With swimming season gearing up, state health leaders are advising Illinoisans about the dangers of recreational water illnesses, and ways to prevent them. Photo credit: tat/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Pools are opening up around Illinois this week, but health experts say there are some things to keep in mind before making a splash. Besides the threat of drowning, swimming can be hazardous due to diseases commonly called recreational water illnesses, or RWI's. Justin DeWitt, ...Read More

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