PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 

University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and reasons now is the time to hire a worker with a disability.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 

Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Archive: March 4, 2016

More than 40 Minnesota health organizations are pledging to make the health-care system easier to navigate. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Most Americans have a hard time understanding even basic health information, according to the U.S. Department of Education. To help with that, more than 40 Minnesota health groups have put together a new health literacy plan. The idea is to help people make better health decisions, ...Read More

There are calls to close Ohio's three juvenile correctional facilities, along with 80 others. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's three juvenile prisons are among the oldest in the nation, and there is a new push to shutter them along with facilities in 28 other states. A new national campaign calling for the closures, Youth First, released a poll Thursday showing that about 77 percent of Americans fav ...Read More

A lawsuit has been filed in Indiana to allow those who live in mental institutions to vote during the upcoming election. (

INDIANAPOLIS - Voting is on the minds of a lot of Hoosiers because of the upcoming presidential race and all the attention it's getting, but an advocacy group says there are some people who may not be able to cast a ballot. According to a law that has been on the books for years in Indiana, people ...Read More

David Boyer, right, with the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says a ruling rejecting tens of thousands of ballot petition signatures defies the odds, and his group will appeal. (RMLA)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana are busy building their legal challenge to the Secretary of State's finding that their drive fell 10,000 signatures short. David Boyer, who leads the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said te ...Read More

Business leaders and conservation groups are pushing a strategy to combat wildlife habitat loss and species decline. (Welcomia/iStockphoto)

DENVER - A task force including business and energy leaders along with conservation groups is pushing a strategy to combat wildlife habitat loss and species decline. The blue-ribbon panel's recommendations include tapping $1.3 billion in royalties from energy production on public lands to protect no ...Read More

Critics say Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 budget proposal doesn't create a stable revenue stream for the future. (Michigan Municipal League/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Presidential candidates are highlighting troubles in Detroit and Flint, but some policy experts say state government needs to step up to addresses problems plaguing all of Michigan's communities. The Michigan League for Public Policy's chief executive, Gilda Jacobs, said she's plea ...Read More

A group of hunters, anglers and conservationists wants Congress to maintain federal outdoor funding levels in 2017. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Access to good hunting, fishing and hiking lands has been shrinking for some sportsmen in recent years, and one conservation group is calling on Congress to take action. Last December, lawmakers laid out a budget plan that earned praise from conservationists for increasing dollars fo ...Read More

There are 38 active and 12 closed nuclear power plants in the Great Lakes Basin, and environmental groups are concerned about their impact on water quality. (CELA)

NEW YORK - Environmental groups on both sides of the Great Lakes want the U.S. and Canadian governments to monitor radioactive material in the water. The Great Lakes Basin is home to dozens of nuclear sites including power stations, fuel-processing facilities and uranium mines. But despite repeated ...Read More

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