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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: July 13, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park will host one of 18 events statewide for Latino Conservation Week. (timotale/iStockphoto)

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - The third annual Latino Conservation Week starts Saturday and runs through July 23, and its backers want everyone to get outside and enjoy California's open spaces. There are 18 separate events planned across the state, including six in the southern California desert, where Pr ...Read More

Washington ranked second in the country for identity-theft rates in 2014. (pixabay)

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Summertime means summer travel, but Washingtonians hitting the road should watch out for identity theft. Washington state ranked second in identify-theft rates in 2014, according to a report from the Federal Trade Commission. Only Florida ranked higher. Information security offic ...Read More

Wisconsin environmentalists don't trust a draft report that says fine sand generated by the frac sand industry isn't harmful to health. (Sierra Club)

MADISON, Wis. - A new draft report from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources suggests that frac sand mining by the petroleum industry does not produce fine sand that is a health hazard because it can lodge in human lungs. However, Kerry Schumann, executive director of the Wisconsin League o ...Read More

Farmers Luke and Liana Tessum graduated from the 2006-2007 Farm Beginnings course, where they learned about business and marketing as well as sustainable farming practices. (Land Stewardship Project)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the average age of Minnesota's farmers continues to trend toward retirement, a longtime program is helping the next crop of young farmers. New faces are much needed in the industry, according to the Land Stewardship Project, a sustainable-agriculture support group. It holds a " ...Read More

A Senate full committee markup is scheduled on a Zika response bill that restricts funding for Planned Parenthood. (Charlotte Cooper/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Reproductive-health groups are sounding the alarm as a measure to combat the Zika virus moves closer to a vote in the U.S. Senate. A full committee markup is scheduled today on a bill that includes more than $1 billion to prevent, prepare for and respond to the Zika virus. The meas ...Read More

Some groups contends Michigan communities of color have not enjoyed the same degree of environmental protections provided to other communities. (Connor Coyne/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan agencies are being called out for what some claim are environmental injustices against communities of color. Several groups are asking federal officials for a probe into whether the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Health and ...Read More

In 2013, states with medical marijuana cut health-care spending by more than $165 million. (O'Dea/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK - A new study suggests that allowing the use of medical marijuana cuts down on prescription drug use. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, analyzed national Medicare data and found that prescriptions for all painkilling medications, including OxyContin, were 6 percent lower ...Read More

The downturn in the coal industry has multiple effects on mining communities that have depended on it for more than a century. (Pixabay)

DENVER - The transition away from coal as the nation's primary source for electricity is affecting mining communities that have depended on the industry for more than a century. More than 4,000 coal-related jobs have disappeared across the West since 2012, according to an investigative report by Hi ...Read More

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