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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Archive: May 28, 2019

Nearly 30,000 Kentucky children are cared for through the federally funded Child Care Assistance Program. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's child care centers are able to offer support to more working families since the state received $42 million in additional funding last year, according to a survey by the advocacy group Kentucky Youth Advocates. More than 120 child care providers in 43 counties said ...Read More

Soybeans can be planted over a cereal rye cover crop. (Bmargaret/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS – A farming practice that could make land more sustainable in the future appears to be growing in popularity in Indiana. Cover crops are planted in the off-season to help protect soil from water and wind erosion, and reduce nutrient runoff. The Environmental Working Group comp ...Read More

Each year, more than 20,000 people are released from North Carolina prisons. Finding employment is often one of their biggest challenges. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina legislators are pushing for reforms to make it easier for people to expunge nonviolent criminal offenses from their records. Introduced by Sens. Warren Daniel of Avery and Danny Britt of Columbus, both Republicans, along with Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Democrat from Dur ...Read More

One in eight Oregonians is food insecure, often relying on local food pantries for meals. (wittco.gmbh/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Anti-hunger advocates are hoping lawmakers will continue their investment in the state's food banks. The Oregon Hunger Response Fund invests in the state's 21 regional food banks' capacity to reach members of the community. Oregon Food Bank is seeking $4.2 million – the ...Read More

Alliances between rural communities and Native tribes have sprung up across the West and Midwest to protect local lands and waters. (Zoltán Grossman)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Native American and non-Native communities have joined forces across the country to form what could be the base of a new environmental movement. Zoltán Grossman, a geography and Native studies professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, is the author of "Unlikely A ...Read More

Hemp production could see a boom because it contains CBD, a compound with potential pharmaceutical uses. (torstengrieger/Abode Stock)

MINOT, N.D. – The 2018 Farm Bill laid the soil for growing hemp, giving North Dakota farmers the chance to explore this emerging market. Although hemp has been around for a while, it's getting new life with the lifting of the federal prohibition against growing the crop commercially. Eric ...Read More

Children who attend high quality pre-k are better prepared for kindergarten and make smoother transitions to elementary school, according to a new report. (liderina/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 90% of Pennsylvania kindergarten teachers agree that high quality pre-k prepares children for school success, according to a new report. The Pre-K for PA campaign and the Pennsylvania State Education Association surveyed kindergarten teachers about the value that ...Read More

Until lifting it last week, West Virginia was one of only three states to maintain a ban on accessing SNAP benefits for people with drug felony convictions. (WV Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Recovering addicts say a change in West Virginia food-assistance rules will help them stay clean and out of trouble. Last week, a new law went into effect allowing people with drug felony convictions to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly cal ...Read More

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