PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 

Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 

Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Archive: July 7, 2015

On Monday, just a week after a state budget impasse almost prompted a mass layoff of state workers, Gov. Jay Inslee signed new employee contracts in a State Capitol ceremony. Credit: Laura Reisdorph/Wash. Federation of State Employees.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It was quite a different scene at the State Capitol Monday afternoon than many state employees had envisioned just a week ago, when they were told not to come to work starting July 1. A smiling Gov. Jay Inslee signed the contracts their unions had negotiated with the state la ...Read More

Ken Ross of the Michigan Credit Union League presents a check to Sparrow Children's Center, representing the League's fund-raising efforts for Michigan's four CMN hospitals. Courtesy of John Foren.

LANSING, Mich. – Each year, tens of thousands of premature babies, sick children, and their parents find solace and treatment at Children's Miracle Network hospitals. That care is made possible, in part, by contributions from credit unions in Michigan. Sparrow Children's Center in Lansing is ...Read More

Landowners concerned about the impact of deep-well fracking in Kentucky are displaying signs like this one as the state moves forward with the controversial method of oil and gas drilling. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. – Bracing for a boom in deep-well fracking, state lawmakers revised Kentucky's regulations on oil and gas production in March. Environmentalists and landowners will now get to express their views about the regulatory revisions in a trio of public meetings across the commonwealth, b ...Read More

Bill Lueders, who heads the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says he will sue if necessary to find out who was behind an attempt to gut Wisconsin's Open Records Law. Courtesy of Wisconsin FOIC.

MADISON, Wis. – Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says his organization wants to know exactly who was behind last week's move to gut the state's Open Records law – something he will aggressively pursue. Lueders says the measure, inserted in the st ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing is increasing. An average horizontal gas well consumed over five million gallons of water in 2014, up from around 177,000 gallons in 2000. Graphic courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

DENVER – A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows water used for hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," is on the rise across the nation. The study found water use in horizontal drilling at gas wells was 28 times higher in 2014 than in 2000, and each gas well now ta ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevadans struggling to stay in their homes may have an easier go of it, thanks to the Legislature's update of the Foreclosure Mediation Program. Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Matt Cartwright.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A successful update to Nevada's Foreclosure Mediation Program, which gives distressed homeowners an option supporters say could dramatically reduce the number of foreclosures in the state, was part of this year's legislative session. Venicia Considine, a consumer rights at ...Read More

PHOTO: As the Illinois budget impasse continues, the ACLU is asking a U.S. District Court in Chicago to enforce a consent decree guaranteeing an adequate level of services for abused children. Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois budget debacle is not only putting state workers' pay in limbo, it is also threatening funding that helps some of the state's most vulnerable children. The ACLU of Illinois is asking a U.S. District Court to enforce a consent decree to ensure continued payment ...Read More

Activist Emily Heffling of the group ForestEthics is detained Monday for trying to hang an anti-oil train banner on the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge east of Vallejo. Credit: Jay Carmona/ForestEthics.

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two activists protesting oil trains were detained by the California Highway Patrol on Monday while attempting to unfurl a banner on the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge, one of several bridges which crosses the Carquinez Strait east of Vallejo. The large banner, with the me ...Read More

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