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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Archive: September 19, 2016

Gov. Steve Bullock's Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force offers stickers to businesses to display when they pledge to close the gender pay gap. (Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force)

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BUTTE, Mont. - The Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force meets at Montana Tech in Butte today to discuss strategies for closing the gender pay gap in the state. The task force was first convened by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013. Co-chair Sheila Hogan, director of the Montana Department of Administration ...Read More

Coal companies met with GOP attorneys general to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - Fossil-fuel companies Murray Energy and Southern Co. paid for private meetings with Republican state attorneys general to discuss opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan less than two weeks before the same officials asked a federal judge to block the measure, ac ...Read More

Maine farmers were busy this weekend, with a tractor parade in Augusta to help fight hunger. Maine has the most farms in New England, but is also tops in food insecurity. (NightThree/Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the State Capitol. There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine, and Alicyn Smart, executive director at the Maine Farm Bureau, said it's a cruel irony that more than 200,000 Mainer ...Read More

A new tool allows Floridians to see where toxic coal ash is being stored. (darnok/morguefile.com)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida has the seventh highest coal-ash generation in the nation, producing more than 6 million tons each year. Thanks to a new online tool, Floridians now can access information about where it ends up. The new site SoutheastCoalAsh.org is an interactive tool that allows users ...Read More

The student-loan debt problem in Wisconsin just got bigger with the closing of ITT Technical Institute campuses. (zimmytws/iStockPhoto)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin ranks third in the nation for total student loan debt. And now another group of students has been left holding the bag - and the debt - after the for-profit college ITT Technical Institute abruptly shut down all of its campuses in the U.S. The closure affected about 300 ...Read More

Elkaderís Whitewater Park and River Access was recognized as a Smart Growth Project in 2015.  (Elkader Whitewater Project)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Innovative ideas are spurring projects that advance sustainability in Iowa, and some of those efforts will soon receive special recognition. The group 1000 Friends of Iowa is taking nominations for its 15th Annual Best Development Awards. The awards showcase projects and progra ...Read More

New York is one of only two states to charge 16-year-olds as adults. (Michael Coghlan/flickr.com)

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NEW YORK — Across the country, young people are being imprisoned because their families are unable to pay fines or court fees, according to a new report. The report, "Debtor's Prison for Kids," by the Juvenile Law Center, said the practice can pull young people deeper into the juvenile-justi ...Read More

Some students are issued a court summons for minor misbehavior.  (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)

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NEW YORK -- The latest New York Police Department data shows New York City Schools are safer than ever, but black and Latino students are still disproportionately subject to police actions. School crime hit a record low in the second quarter of 2016, and fewer students were arrested overall. But Da ...Read More

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