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: July 1, 2015

The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. Credit: GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

North Dakotans can now anonymously report suspected cases of abuse, exploitation and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults with a new phone hotline (1-855-462-5465). Credit: Xavi Talleda/Flickr.<br />

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the population of North Dakota growing older, the state is taking more action to help better protect the also-growing number of elderly and vulnerable adults subject to possible abuse, neglect and exploitation. The North Dakota Department of Human Services today launches a ne ...Read More

There's really not much new money for Wisconsin public schools in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget. Credit: Madison Metropolitan School District

MADISON, Wis. - According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project, Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led legislature have proposed a budget that doesn't provide much in the way of new resources for the state's public schools. Tamarine Cornelius, a budget analyst with the ...Read More

A new law in Washington state will require nursing homes to have enough staff on duty to give each resident 3.2 hours of direct care daily, starting in July 2016. Courtesy: University of South Florida.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed what is known as "safe staffing" legislation for nursing homes. The bill was proposed after persistent concerns that at too many facilities, too few caregivers are on hand to meet the needs of residents, and that both groups' safety is at risk as a result ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the American Lung Association finds alternative tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are becoming more popular among Ohio youth. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Reducing youth tobacco use in Ohio is becoming increasingly difficult, as kids and teens are branching out to such alternative products as electronic cigarettes. A new report from the American Lung Association in Ohio has found reduced teen smoking rates are being quickly offset as ...Read More

New South Dakota law says drivers must give bicyclists a safety buffer of three to six feet, depending on the speed limit on the road. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new law goes into effect today in South Dakota that should make it easier for people to get out and about on their bicycles. Michael Christensen, an advocacy committee volunteer with the American Heart Association, says the law should make it easier for bikers to use public st ...Read More

PHOTO: On the roadways, the National Safety Council is expecting this Fourth of July weekend to be one of the deadliest holiday periods on record. Photo credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Fourth of July is almost upon us and as some Illinoisans pack their cars for holiday travel safety experts are reminding folks to be extra cautious on the roads. The National Safety Council is estimating 409 people will lose their lives, and more than 49,000 will be injure ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado is poised to play a major role in U.S. efforts to address climate change. According to a new report, the state could cut carbon dioxide pollution that is equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure in the next decade. Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - By fully implementing policies already enacted at the local, state, and federal levels, the nation can reduce global-warming pollution by 27 percent below 2005 levels in the next decade. That's the finding of a new report by Environment America and the Frontier Group. Dickey-Lee Hullingho ...Read More

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