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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: February 27, 2017

A couple of utility scams are making the rounds at record levels across the nation, and consumers in New Hampshire need to beware. (UIowa/Wikimedia Commons)

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CONCORD, N. H. – It's called the "Shut-off Swindle," and consumer advocates say it has reached record levels this winter, including preying on some utility customers in New Hampshire. The scam comes in a couple of variations, according to Stephanye Schuyler, a volunteer fraud-fighter with AAR ...Read More

New Hampshire lawmakers take up a measure this week  that would prohibit union payroll deductions for state workers. (J.C. Benedict/Wikimedia)

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CONCORD, N. H. – Just two weeks ago, New Hampshire labor unions and their supporters were celebrating the defeat of the Right to Work Bill in the New Hampshire General Court. This week, they face a new challenge. On Wednesday, state lawmakers hold a hearing on what supporters are calling the ...Read More

The Montana Legislature is looking at a bill that would give parents vouchers for sending their children to private schools or for homeschooling. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. – There's a push for "school choice" in Montana, but some educators and Montanans are questioning what that phrase really means. The Montana Public Education Center (MT-PEC) is a coalition of groups that says the term "choice" has been co-opted, and that this push is really a w ...Read More

Command Module Pilot of the 1972 Apollo 16 mission, Ken Mattingly, speaks at

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Famous trailblazers of space, sports, music, technology and the arts will be in Iowa this week to inspire folks from all walks to life to live up to their potential. The eighth annual Celebrate Innovation Week kicks off Monday at Des Moines Area Community College's West Des Moi ...Read More

Opponents of mountain lion hunting in Nebraska contend the animals play a vital role in the ecosystem. (Art G./Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state senator is taking another run at legislation to protect mountain lions. The Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on Legislative Bill 448, which would remove provisions related to the hunting of mountain lions from the Game Law. It's the fourth ...Read More

More Florida families are struggling to afford basic necessities, according to a new report. (UWF)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- While some sectors of Florida's economy are thriving, new data shows the number of people who are struggling to afford the basics of food, housing, transportation, child care and health care is on the rise. The ALICE Report - which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, ...Read More

Economic growth in Kansas has slowed since that state started to phase out its income tax. Observers say it's a cautionary tale for West Virginia lawmakers considering the same path. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia lawmakers are considering getting rid of the state income tax, even while other states seem to be moving in the opposite direction. The governor and some legislative leaders say they want to replace the income tax with consumption taxes, such as sales taxes ...Read More

The family of Jamycheal Mitchell say they have been gratified to see mental-health reforms move through the legislature this year. (the Mitchell family/Youtube)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The state's General Assembly has taken a number of steps to strengthen Virginia's mental health services. And the family of Jamycheal Mitchell has said it was deeply gratifying to see the reforms. Mitchell was the young mentally ill man who was arrested for stealing $5 worth of sn ...Read More

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