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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 

Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.

2020Talks - August 13, 2020 

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Archive: March 2, 2016

One of Minnesota's largest employee unions does not want lawmakers to reopen a for-profit prison in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State lawmakers today may consider reopening a controversial Minnesota for-profit prison, in a move that some critics are calling "immoral." A state Senate committee is expected to look over a lease proposal to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Eliot Seide, exe ...Read More

More cases of Zika virus continue to be diagnosed, but the Indiana Department of Public Health says there's not likely to be an outbreak here. (CDC)

INDIANAPOLIS - Spring break is the time of year when people often head to warm, tropical places for vacation. This year, pregnant women and their partners might want to rethink that, in light of health warnings about the Zika virus, which continues to spread in places such as Brazil, Mexico, Puerto ...Read More

A federally funded project is coming to Chicago to help black fathers develop stronger relationships with their sons. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - An experimental program headed to Illinois aims to foster better relationships between African-American fathers and their young sons. Specifically, the Fathers and Sons Project is focused on 8- to 12-year-old boys who are not living in the same home as their dads. Project manager Cassandr ...Read More

Literacy experts say it's important to help children develop a love of reading beginning at an early age. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Michiganders young and old are encouraged to pick up a book today in celebration of a beloved children's author. "Read Across America Day" honors Dr. Seuss, and also is part of National March into Literacy Month. Strong reading and writing skills are key to securing a solid economi ...Read More

Food activists such as Bradley Wilson fear a new bill intended to require that SNAP benefits only be used for more healthy options could have unintended consequences on places such as farmers' markets. (WVFOODLINK)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A bill at the Legislature to require food benefits be used for healthy options could have unintended consequences - including maybe making it harder for some low-income folks to shop at farmers' markets. Senate Bill 626 is intended to require that Supplemental Nutrition Assistan ...Read More

Conservationists want state lawmakers to restore funding cuts that the conservationists say have crippled land-conservation programs in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Conservationists are in Frankfort today, telling lawmakers that budget cuts are handcuffing efforts to protect public lands - land often used for recreation. Ruth Banberger, the Sierra Club's legislative chair, said the state is "robbing" funds specifically earmarked for land-conse ...Read More

Work continues to allow dental therapists to perform routine procedures in Ohio, such as filling cavities. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new poll is adding some teeth to efforts to bring a new face to dental care in Ohio. There are more than 80 dental health professional shortage areas in the state, where there are not enough dentists to meet the needs of the community. A statewide poll of 800 voters released Tues ...Read More

Women who abuse drugs when they're pregnant could be charged with child abuse under legislation being considered in Missouri. (Amberlyn Yancey)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri mother could be charged with child abuse for using drugs during pregnancy, under House Bill 1903. She'd face misdemeanor charges if the child is hurt, and a felony if the baby died as a result of her drug use. Christi Power, who heads the nonprofit "Preferred Family ...Read More

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