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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 

The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.

2020Talks - September 22, 2020 

It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: May 20, 2016

A new report shows Kentucky has had the sixth-largest decrease in state funding for higher education since 2008. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Funding cuts to higher education have driven up tuition, making college less affordable and less accessible for many students, according to a new national report. With inflation factored in, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says, Kentucky is spending 32 percent less on hig ...Read More

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As ...Read More

Poisonous drinking water, levee-breaking floods and pipeline bursts are among the many challenges for the nation's water infrastructure. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's Infrastructure Week, and efforts in Ohio to improve water quality are among those highlighted by the "Value of Water Coalition." The group is part of a campaign to educate Americans about why water is essential and why new investments are needed in the nation's water system. C ...Read More

About 107,000 people have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia in the state of Washington. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Alzheimer's disease is the third-leading age-adjusted cause of death in the state of Washington and kills here at the highest rate in the nation, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis released this week. However, state officials are not taking this alarming data lying down. The De ...Read More

Parents are urged to buy water-quality test kits before letting kids play in public pools and water parks. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - Healthy and Safe Swimming Week begins Monday, and in a new report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nationwide testing shows most public swimming areas had at least one violation, and one in eight had to be closed immediately. Dr. Michael Beach, the agency's associate ...Read More

The Owyhee Canyonlands are sometimes called the Grand Canyon of Oregon. (Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Owyhee Canyonlands are the "connective tissue" for surrounding land in the West, according to a new study. Researchers with Conservation Science Partners compared the southeastern area of Oregon with Bureau of Land Management and other lands across the West and found the Owyhee ...Read More

Leaders from across the state gathered in Denver to learn more about turning human waste into natural gas, which is how Grand Junction currently fuels 40 city vehicles. (City of Grand Junction)

DENVER - Raw sewage rarely draws a crowd, but former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter joined city leaders from across the state in Denver on Thursday to learn more about turning human waste into natural gas. David Cox, director of operations for the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition, said turning waste into ...Read More

Crude oil travels down the Hudson River by rail and barge. (Andrea Sears)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany has joined dozens of other communities in opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline. The Albany City Council this week approved a resolution calling the proposed pipeline an environmental risk and a public health hazard. The 178-mile project would carry crude oil from Albany to New Jersey ...Read More

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