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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 

President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.

2020Talks - September 24, 2020 

A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Archive: July 5, 2016

Agribusiness experts from around the country gather in Wisconsin this month for a national conference on rural economic development. (Veremeev/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Agricultural producers, ag-industry representatives, and academic specialists from around the country will be headed to Wisconsin later this month for the annual National Value-Added Agricultural Conference. The big event is July 21-22 in Madison, attracting farmers, service provider ...Read More

Products like M and M's are likely to contain GMO labeling thanks to a new law in Vermont that faces a challenge in the U.S. Senate. (N Pernot via twitter)

AUGUSTA, Maine - No sooner did a new law pass in New England to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms than members of Congress started working to short-circuit the new labeling. Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives for the Consumers Union, says the new ...Read More

Top complaints with Colorado health insurance companies include surprise out-of-network billing, out-of-date directories, and denial of claims. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Some consumers are having a rough go with insurance companies in Colorado. After Tyler Boon's employer switched health plans, he spent the better part of a week trying to find a new primary care physician for his family, including his pregnant wife. Nearly every provider he called ...Read More

White males are 37 percent of Oregon's population, but are half of all state judges. (M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - State court judges in Oregon are disproportionately male and white, according to a new study called The Gavel Gap, released by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. The study said both men and women of color are underrepresented in the judiciary, compared with the st ...Read More

The HEAP Summer Crisis Program offers cooling assistance in the payment of an electric bill and/or an air conditioner or fan. (liz west/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's been a sizzling start to summer, but some vulnerable Ohioans can get financial help to beat the heat. The state's Summer Crisis Program through the Home Energy Assistance Program offers assistance in the payment of an electric bill and/or an air conditioner or fan. To ...Read More

Even though school is out, budgeting and planning for programs making walking to school safer are now in the works. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Transportation Improvement Program's five-year plan recently released by the Iowa Department of Transportation includes nearly $1.2 billion of much-needed funding for aviation, railway and roadway projects for fiscal year 2017. However, just a tiny fraction of that goes to cre ...Read More

The new plan from the 3-Star Health Task Force will help close the coverage gap in Tennessee, if the plan is passed by the State Assembly and signed by the governor. (health care/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There is new hope for the 280,000 Tennesseans currently in the coverage gap - making too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford insurance on their own through the Health Exchange. The state's 3-Star Health Task Force released its plan late last week to use a two-pha ...Read More

After a ruling declaring Wake district lines unconstitutional, other legal challenges to North Carolina's election law and new district lines are making their way through the court system. (TheresaThompson/

RALEIGH, N.C. - The district lines drawn by state lawmakers restructuring the Wake County Board of Education and County Commission are unconstitutional. That's the ruling issued Friday by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While the case specifically affects voters in Wake County, Allison Riggs, ...Read More

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