PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 

Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 

This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Archive: January 18, 2016

Economic injustice is the focus of a Martin Luther King, Jr. forum cosponsored by American Friends Service Committee. (dandipuffs/

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As people across Missouri and the nation honor the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., an event today offers the chance to delve deeper into his teachings and how they relate to the way money is spent at the local, state and federal levels. Ira Harritt, program coo ...Read More

Climate advocates, energized by the U.S. Department of the Interior's announcement to stop new coal leases on public lands, are gearing up to make the move permanent. (Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Groups working to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of climate change say they'll double down on organizing efforts after Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a sweeping overhaul of how publicly owned coal is managed. Theo Spencer, senior policy advocate with the Natural R ...Read More

It is now up to Maine's secretary of state to certify a ballot petition that was supported by more than 75,000 signatures last week. The proposal would boost the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. (Mainers for Fair Wages).

AUGUSTA, Maine - When Maine voters head to the polls to elect a new president this fall, they also will likely be turning thumbs up or down on a proposal to raise the minimum wage. Andrew Francis, deputy communications director with the Maine Peoples's Alliance, says all that remains is for the se ...Read More

Tax returns in North Dakota will be pushed back due to

BISMARCK, N.D. - Tax refunds in North Dakota will be coming out a little slower this year. That's because the state Tax Commissioner's office is upgrading "preventative measures" to combat tax fraud. North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger didn't give specific details over fears of tipping ...Read More

Arkansas' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is comparable to the national average, but double the rate for children overall in the state. (Octavio Lopez/morguefile)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas could be doing a better job of reaching out to Latino families to get health insurance for their kids. That's one finding in a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Arkansas' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is 11 percent, comp ...Read More

A task force will spend the next year identifying the number of untested rape kits in Arizona police evidence rooms. (puravida/morguefile)

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey has named a task force to identify the number of untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits, also known as rape kits, sitting in law enforcement evidence rooms across Arizona. In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Ducey charged the panel with counting the kits and ...Read More

Roanoke, Va., grocery store worker Steve Meador says he gets paid nearly $2 less an hour than an exact peer in West Virginia because his state has a right-to-work law. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - As West Virginia lawmakers debate a so-called right-to-work bill, critics charge it's designed to undermine a basic source of middle-class jobs. Supporters admit that the half of states with the laws have lower average wages. But they argue those states, many in the south, als ...Read More

Observers say Virginia is facing an energy crossroads. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - Important energy questions are facing Virginia lawmakers. Activists say the governor and General Assembly need to do more to encourage renewable power and energy efficiency. Ivy Main, renewable-energy chair for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the state needs to remove ...Read More

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