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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 

The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.

2020Talks - August 6, 2020 

Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Archive: August 17, 2015

Whitesburg first in Kentucky. to pass a resolution supporting the Power Plus Plan. Credit: Art of the Rural.

WHITESBURG, Ky. – Support for the Obama administration's plan to revitalize Appalachian communities suffering from the loss of coal mining jobs is picking up steam in Kentucky. The city councils in Whitesburg and Benham have unanimously passed resolutions supporting the Power Plus Plan, and ...Read More

Advocates say students in the US less than 2 years should be exempt from taking Common Core English tests. Photo credit: GaborfromHungary /

NEW YORK – More New York state third through eighth graders passed the Common Core standardized tests in both English and math this year, but not everyone is improving at the same rate. Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning Englis ...Read More

Immigrant advocates say nail salon employees need to speak up against wage abuses. Photo credit: Melt Design - Respiramos design/

NEW YORK – The October 6 deadline is fast approaching for nail salon owners in New York to secure wage bonds. It's part of a new law that Gov. Andrew Cuomo says should ensure fair pay and health protections for nail salon workers, mostly women who are Asian and Latino immigrants. Steven Ch ...Read More

Experts recommend easing your children back into a routine of sleep and regular meals before school starts. Credit: KellyP42/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Families across North Carolina are caught up in the frenzy of last minute school shopping and end of summer fun but experts say they should also start easing back into a routine. Dr. Donald Bucklin, medical director with U.S. Healthworks, says it's best to avoid an abrupt change i ...Read More

Opponents of the death penalty say the 4-3 State Supreme Court decision abolishing Connecticut's death penalty adds weights to the growing national consensus against capital punishment. Credit: Florida Department of Corrections - Doug Smith

HARTFORD, Conn. – The State Supreme Court's 4 to 3 decision striking down Connecticut's death penalty has been called overreach by critics. But Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says the court found the punishment violated the constitution in two ways. ...Read More

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signing the original Social Security Act on August 14, 1935, calls it,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was 80 years ago this month that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, changing America forever. The act guaranteed that senior citizens would not grow old penniless. Sarah Jennings, director for AARP-South Dakota, says the program is ...Read More

The 25th Indiana Youth Survey found an alarming rate of Hoosier students in grades seven to 12 are using e-cigarettes. Credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An annual survey highlighting the risky behaviors of Indiana kids finds electronic cigarettes are becoming a popular item. The 25th Indiana Youth Survey of sixth through 12th graders examines substance use, mental health, gambling and other factors that can have negative conseq ...Read More

A new process is designed not to use any surface water at all to frack gas wells. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new process that could be suitable for some Pennsylvania gas wells uses no water for hydraulic fracturing. One big criticism of fracking is that drillers typically inject millions of gallons of surface water into each well. Doug McMillan, senior vice president of operat ...Read More

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