PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Archive: July 7, 2016

Improved opioid prescription practices are showing encouraging results in a new long-term study from the University of Iowa. (

IOWA CITY, Iowa – More than 6 out of 10 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2014 involved an opioid, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that same year, 165,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses. However, a new study from the University of Iowa s ...Read More

Grants are being given out to study toxins that end up in the Great Lakes. (

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is looking for groups to study the Great Lakes. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is giving out grants as part of the Great Lakes Air Deposition program (GLAD). The idea is to see where toxins are being deposited and understand how they advers ...Read More

Flanked by Michigan credit union leaders, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an update of the Michigan Credit Union Act into law. (L. Michels/MCUL)

LANSING, Mich. – The rules and regulations that govern financial institutions aren't typically on the minds of most Michiganders, but credit union leaders say changes are coming that should benefit the entire state. For the first time in 13 years, the law known as the Michigan Credit Union A ...Read More

The Hop ice cream shop in Asheville makes hundreds of flavors, many of them with vegan ingredients so more people can experience their products. (The Hop)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - "You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream" is more than just a song for a growing number of North Carolina businesses - it's a mantra. July is National Ice Cream Month and local, boutique ice cream shops are growing in popularity - including The Hop in Asheville. Open sinc ...Read More

Summer is when fewer people take time to donate blood and this year there's a critical shortage. (US State Department)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansans are being asked to roll up their sleeves and donate blood because there's a critical shortage of it across the state and nation. The American Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Region is made up of the whole state of Arkansas, plus southwest Missouri and Memphis, ...Read More

99 percent of state employees are paid below the market rate, according to a state survey. (Washington Federation of State Employees)

LACEY, Wash. - Washington state employees are asking for competitive wages in bargaining for next year's contract today in Lacey. A recent state survey showed 99 percent of state employees are paid less than the market rate, which includes pay for their counterparts in Washington as well as other st ...Read More

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini ...Read More

The disposal of low-level radioactive waste derived from Marcellus and Utica shale in Kentucky landfills is raising red flags. (U.S. Dept. of Energy)

CHARLESTON W.Va. - The paper trail of a company that dumped West Virginia radioactive frack waste into Kentucky landfills is raising serious questions. This spring, regulators cited Advanced TENORM Services for dumping the low-level radioactive waste in two municipal landfills. Not long after, the c ...Read More

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