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PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2020 


The pandemic isn't stopping MLK Day celebrations of justice, equality and public service; the Maryland Justice Program fights for a women's pre-release program.


2021Talks - January 18, 2021 


Quiet weekend; Kamala Harris set to resign from U.S. Senate; Biden announces ambitious plans for his first 10 days; and Lindsey Graham has warnings for both President and President-elect.

Archive: May 18, 2016

KU and LG&E want to place a rate surcharge on the bills of their electric customers to help clean and cap coal-ash ponds at power plants such as this one. (Alex DeSha)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sister power companies, KU and LG&E want their customers to help pay for compliance with new federal environmental rules. The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings on the requests next week in Louisville and Lexington. The utilities want to add a surcharge to ...Read More

Beginning in July Tennessee public schools will be required to increase physical education for children up to sixth grade. (Ian Schofield/flickr.com)

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - "Let's Get Physical." And like the song, starting in July Tennessee students in elementary schools will be doing more of just that with a change in state law that will require them to get additional physical activity. Currently students are required to perform at least 90 minute ...Read More

Wisconsin is getting hit with a rash of calls from scammers posing as IRS agents, demanding payment for nonexistent back taxes. (Highwaystarz Photography/iStockphoto)<br />

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MADISON, Wis. - Even though officials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection keep expecting the so-called "IRS scam" to go away, it now appears the scammers are more aggressive than ever. People across the state are reporting calls from scammers claiming to be wi ...Read More

While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte ...Read More

Exelon, which runs this power plant in Byron, Ill., says it needs help to keep several plants from closing, while senior and consumer advocates argue the company is essentially asking for a taxpayer bailout. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers on Thursday will be considering a bill that opponents say would be a taxpayer bailout of one of the country's most profitable energy companies. At issue is Senate Bill 1585, which would allow Chicago-based energy giant Exelon to mandate a surcharge on electric ...Read More

More than 40 Minnesota mayors want state lawmakers to include adequate funding for new bike and walking paths in the next transit budget. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Lawmakers are debating this week how Minnesota should invest millions of dollars into fixing and upgrading the state's roads and bridges. A group of more than 40 mayors is urging the legislature to include dollars to make it safer for foot and bike traffic to get around Minnesota ...Read More

Parents in Asheville who are active in their schools are upset over recent administration changes within the school system.  (Claxton Elementary)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Just how much control do parents have over what happens at their child's public school in North Carolina? That's the question Asheville parents are trying to find out as they protest a series of administration changes put in place by their system's school board. The reassignments ...Read More

Missouri has about 500 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year. Most are men, and about half are in communities of color. (CDC)

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ST. LOUIS - Missouri continues to be in the top half of state rankings for new cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Around 500 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed in the state each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing is offered at Planned Paren ...Read More

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