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PNS Daily Newscast - September 29, 2020 

Trump tax revelations point to disparity in nation's tax system; Pelosi and Mnuchin make last-ditch effort at pandemic relief.

2020Talks - September 29, 2020 

Today's the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. And a British news show reports a Trump campaign effort to suppress the Black vote in 2016.

Archive: September 14, 2015

The number of third through eighth graders scoring proficient in math on state standardized tests dropped 34.5 percent. Credit: hdornak/

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Teachers and politicians were relieved when Pennsylvania was recently granted a one-year federal waiver, pausing the use of the state's School Performance Profilea. Those profiles are used to gauge the state's progress toward meeting federal requirements under No Child Lef ...Read More

The EPA says solar power is creating jobs 10 times faster than the economy as a whole. Credit: iceman0/

PITTSBURGH – Legislators returning to Washington were greeted by advocates asking them to support the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. While lawmakers were out of town, the EPA finalized rules calling for the power industry to reduce carbon pollution by almost a third from ...Read More

Alexenko (left) pictured with Vice President Joe Biden at a recent event to raise awareness for the backlog of rape kits in New York. Courtesy: Alexenko

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Thousands of rape kits sit on police department shelves across Tennessee some going untested for as long as 30 years. Late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and the District Attorney of New York announced that Memphis will be receiving nearly $4 million to process the 12,00 ...Read More

Advocates say family medical leave insurance would cost the average worker $1.50 a week. Credit: drrj/

NEW YORK – Advocates and parents celebrated Grandparents Day on Sunday by pushing for new legislation that they say would improve upon the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and could benefit every family member. The older act allows up to three months of unpaid leave from work to care for ...Read More

Thousands of rape kits sit on police shelves for years. Credit: Rape Kit Action Project.

NEW YORK – Law enforcement agencies in 20 states soon will be getting grants to solve a longstanding problem – evidence in rape cases that often goes untested for years. New York City District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has announced that he will be using $38 million taken in civil fo ...Read More

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., center, is among the lawmakers with whom concerned Missourians met to discuss the Clean Power Plan. Courtesy: J. Conner

WASHINGTON – A broad coalition from across Missouri and the nation, including business leaders, health experts, environmentalists and concerned parents, is calling on lawmakers to get behind the switch to clean energy. The now finalized Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agen ...Read More

Supporters say the Clean Power Plan can produce a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Credit: quicksandala/Morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio – From healthier air to job creation, some experts from Ohio spoke with legislators in Washington last week about why the Clean Power Plan is good for the Buckeye State. The group represented the public health, science, labor, business and environmental sectors, and included M ...Read More

Illinois' legal climate is ranked as bad for business, but not everyone agrees. Credit: McConnors/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Is it just hair splitting? Opinions vary on a new survey from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform that gives Illinois poor marks for its legal climate. The state ranks 48th nationally, and Gov. Bruce Rauner responded by saying the litigation environment is making ...Read More

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