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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 

President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.

2020Talks - September 24, 2020 

A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Archive: August 3, 2015

Illinois sixth and 12th grade students are required to receive a vaccination to protect against meningitis. Credit: El Alvi/Flickr

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois families prepare to send their children back to class, state officials say immunizations should be on the back-to-school checklist. For school entrance, students must show proof of vaccinations against several diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis ...Read More

Research suggests sales-tax free weekend boost business, but some analysts say they are not worth the hype. Credit Thinkretail/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Expect some crowds at stores in Ohio this upcoming weekend. Friday through Sunday will be a one-time sales tax holiday to help ease the burden of back-to-school shopping. Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa outlines what's included. "This is sales tax exempt for items of clothing up ...Read More

Popular North Creek fishery in Southern Utah being restored. Courtesy: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

BEAVER, Utah - An area in Southern Utah once known for trout fishing, then all but destroyed by wildfire, is being restored with hopes of recapturing some of that fishing glory. Lynn Chamberlain, outreach manager for the southern region with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says crews are ...Read More

The second annual Cover Crop Conference at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute near East Troy, will feature examples of how cover-cropping not only helps the environment, but can provide a financial incentive because of increased yield for follow-on crops.  Credit: University of Wisconsin Extension Service.

EAST TROY, Wis. – Because of environmental and economic benefits, Wisconsin farmers are increasingly adopting the practice of cover cropping between growing seasons. The trend is becoming more popular now that there's solid data on the benefits. The practice protects soil during open period ...Read More

There's plenty of retirement investment advice out there, but it can be confusing and fraught with hidden fees. At a Seattle summit, legislators from across the country are discussing their constituents' retirement security. Credit: Chris Thomas.

SEATTLE – State legislators from around the country are meeting in Seattle today and one of the topics is how to help people save for retirement. Both Washington and Oregon have taken steps this year to launch workplace savings plans for employees of small businesses. At the National Confe ...Read More

Supporters of a measure to ban fracking have until Nov. 11 to obtain the signatures required to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Photo courtesy of Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. - Michiganders could have the chance to decide whether or not hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should be legal in the state, if activists are able to collect enough signatures in the coming months. In 2012 and 2013, groups opposed to fracking attempted to gather enough signatu ...Read More

Advocates for anti-hunger programs hope Congress will recognize the importance of the meals kids eat at school as it weighs the fate of child nutrition programs. Credit: jdurham/morguefile

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Congress weighs the fate of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, advocates want to ensure school meal and other programs can continue to make inroads against hunger in Missouri and nationwide. One of the most hotly debated portions of the legislation when it was reauthorize ...Read More

Senior receiving assistance. Credit: iStockphoto.

DENVER - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet met with family caregivers on Friday to discuss challenges they face helping older spouses, parents and other loved ones live independently and at home. The Fort Collins event was organized by AARP Colorado. Bennet, a democrat, recently co-sponsored th ...Read More

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