PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 

Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 

Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Archive: March 18, 2016

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and Minnesota's Department of Human Services is urging loved ones to seek help for people facing addiction. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Whether it's the casino, bingo or scratch-off lottery tickets, the state estimates that thousands of Minnesotans struggle with gambling addiction. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the state's Department of Human Services is urging gamblers' loved ones to seek help. B ...Read More

Environmental advocates say Indiana's governor and Department of Natural Resources need to make sure Peabody Energy has set money aside for mine cleanup in the state. (Environmental Law and Policy Center)

INDIANAPOLIS - Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company, with customers in 25 countries on six continents. But it's now in financial trouble and has said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it's likely to file soon for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pe ...Read More

Illinois' Public Access Bureau worked through about 4,770 requests over the state's Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's Sunshine Week, when civic groups focus on the need for open government and celebrate the Freedom of Information laws, including those in Illinois. According to a report released this week by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office in 2015 helped resolve a majority o ...Read More

A new bill to protect minors from conversion therapy cleared the Colorado House on Thursday. According to the group One Colorado, LGBT youth are six times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. (Pixabay)

DENVER - A bill that would ban mental-health professionals licensed in Colorado from engaging in so-called "conversion therapy" with a patient younger than age 18 is headed to the state Senate after clearing the House on Thursday. Laura Reinsch, political director for the group One Colorado, praise ...Read More

Des Moines is playing host to NCAA men's basketball tournament games for the first time, which will mean more than $3 million for the metro-area economy. (

DES MONIES, Iowa - While Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa traveled out of state to play in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, some of the best-known teams in the country came to Des Moines for the first time. The Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines is hosting second- and ...Read More

Consumer advocates warn that large power companies are quietly proposing a rate plan before Arizona regulators that would allow them to bill customers for much more money for the same amount of electricity. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

PHOENIX - Regulated utility companies in Arizona are pursuing a new way to charge their customers that could significantly increase the average electric bill. Consumer advocates say the utilities are quietly pushing a plan before the Arizona Corporation Commission that would radically change how bi ...Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will veto the Republican budget proposal. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The budget passed by the General Assembly on Wednesday falls far short of providing what Pennsylvania schools need, according to education advocates. More than eight months after the budget was due, lawmakers have sent Gov. Tom Wolf a supplemental budget bill that would increase K ...Read More

Lolly Bentch and her daughter, who is diagnosed with mesial temporal sclerosis. (Lolly Bentch)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Parents and patients celebrated in Harrisburg on Wednesday as a bill to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana passed in the House. After intense debate and consideration of some 200 amendments, the bill was passed with broad, bipartisan support. As co-founder of the group C ...Read More

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