PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 

The Trump administration weakens banking regulations; and events this weekend mark the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. (Broadcaster Note: Our 6-min. newscast now has an optional outcue at 3 minutes: “This is PNS.”)

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Archive: September 16, 2015

The huge grassroots gathering known as Fighting Bob Fest, named for Wisconsin Progressive

MADISON, Wis. - It's become one of the largest grassroots progressive gatherings in the nation, and this weekend the 14th annual Fighting Bob Fest gets under way again. The event kicks off Friday night with humorous skits and music at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, and all day Saturday at a new ...Read More

People who receive SNAP benefits get an average of $1.40 per meal. Credit: Eric/

NEW YORK - Anti-hunger advocates have been quick to respond to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that jobs go unfilled because people in the federal food-stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, are "doing too good." The remark was qu ...Read More

As much as 19 tons of microbeads may be entering New York state wastewater annually, and are being ingested by fish. Credit: Dr. S. Mason, SUNY Fredonia

ALBANY, N.Y. - A common ingredient in toothpaste is bad for the environment and should be banned, some Albany County legislators say. Microbeads, the plastic pellets found in a variety of personal-care products, may be tiny but studies show they can be a huge problem in the waste stream. Brian Smi ...Read More

Opponents say the DARK Act could undermine businesses such as Snowville Creamery in Ohio that sell non-GMO products. Courtesy of Snowville Creamery

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With preservatives, flavorings and other unpronounceable ingredients, making sense of food labels is difficult enough. Opponents say the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act could create even more confusion. They refer to it as the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act. The ...Read More

A new report puts four Texas cities on a top 10 list of those that have bounced back the most from the Great Recession. Credit: eyegelb/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas boasts four of the top 10 "most recession-recovered cities," according to a new report. Since the economic downturn in 2008 - the longest recovery period since the Great Depression - 14 cities across the nation have declared bankruptcy. Jill Gonzalez, with the personal finance ...Read More

Policy experts say the General Assembly needs to pass a budget that protects a wide variety of programs and services for Illinois' most vulnerable. Credit: nikopoley/Wikimedia

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is in its third month of a budget impasse, and a new report finds the state's social-service infrastructure is crumbling. According to Voices for Illinois Children, while some services still are partially funded as a result of court orders or the availability of federal ...Read More

The Navy has agreed to limit sonar use to protect marine mammals from disorientation and harm. These whales beached themselves in the Canary Islands. Credit: Vidal Martin, Sociedad para el Estudio de los Cetceos en el Archipelago Canarias

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Navy has agreed to stop using sonar and explosives in sensitive areas off the coasts of California and Hawaii to protect marine mammals. This week, a federal court ratified a legal settlement, ending two cases brought against the Navy by conservation groups. They argued ...Read More

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