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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 

Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.

2020Talks - August 14, 2020 

Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Archive: March 22, 2016

Competing minimum-wage proposals have been vying for position, but supporters of raising Maine's minimum wage to $9 by 2017 say they have the votes to get it onto the November ballot. (Mainers for Fair Wages)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It would raise the minimum wage in Maine to $9 an hour by 2017, and supporters of the ballot initiative now say they are optimistic voters will have their say in November. Opponents of the measure attempted to send it to a dead end in committee last week, but Matt Schlobohm, execu ...Read More

The North Dakota Secretary of State is reviewing a petition this week for a tobacco tax-hike proposal on the November ballot. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A move to raise North Dakota's cigarette taxes could be a step closer to getting onto the November ballot this week. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office is reviewing the measure, which would bump up the state's tobacco tax from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack. The state ...Read More

The first study of flame retardants showing up in human nails resulted in positive results in every test subject, and women had higher concentrations. (Christine Marie Fletcher)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Flame retardants save lives by preventing fires, especially in the home, but scientists at Indiana University say more study needs to be done on what kinds of damage they're doing to the environment, and possibly to humans. Researchers collected hair, toenails and fingernails f ...Read More

Conservationists are concerned upper-basin state efforts to divert water could hurt ecosystems dependent on the Colorado River. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming has moved one step closer to getting more water for ranching, agriculture and industrial development. The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has advanced a bill that would allow the state to take an additional 125,000 acre-feet of water from the Green River at the F ...Read More

Mira Krishnan of Grand Rapids says there is a tremendous opportunity to nurture a future wave of feminists. (Michigan NOW)

LANSING, Mich. - March is Women's History Month and, for over a century, women in the U.S. have fought for equality. But despite their advances, persistent struggles within the feminist movement could hinder future progress. That's the view of activist and entrepreneur Mira Krishnan, co-founder an ...Read More

Maryland saw its number of juveniles in detention facilities go up between 2007-2011, while the nation as a whole saw a big drop. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - The Youth First Initiative identifies a long list of youth detention facilities, about 80 locations across the country, that it says need to be closed, in a new report. The campaign's President and CEO Liz Ryan says even closing these youth prisons isn't a big enough step. She thinks t ...Read More

California businessman Rocky De La Fuente, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, says he will run as an Independent in the general election if he loses the primary. (Rocky2016)

SAN DIEGO - Rocky De La Fuente, a San Diego businessman and lesser-known Democratic candidate for president, announced on Monday he'll make a bid for the White House as an Independent, should he fail to win the nomination. The 61-year-old De La Fuente is on the primary or caucus ballots in nearly ...Read More

Allowing the state's so-called Millionaires Tax to expire would be a $3.7 billion windfall for wealthy New Yorkers. (Glen Scarborough/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Some New York millionaires want the state to keep taxing the "one percent." Almost 50 of New York's wealthiest taxpayers have sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators, asking them to pass a tax plan that would continue the so-called "millionaires tax" on high-income ...Read More

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