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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: June 10, 2019

Wood pellets are a type of biofuel made from trees. In some European countries, pellets are used in large-scale power plants once fueled by coal. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Environmental groups in North Carolina have negotiated a settlement with Enviva, the world's largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel for power plants. The company has agreed to install pollution-reducing equipment at a plant under construction in the town of Hamlet, east of ...Read More

The sign, above, in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways should, but doesn't yet, mark the place where a motorized boat prohibition begins. (Marisa Frazier/Sierra Club Missouri Chapter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Horsepower limits for motorized boats in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways have yet to be enforced more than four years after their approval. The Sierra Club Missouri Chapter says with the busy floating season here, it's time to put the rules in place. The National ...Read More

The Sioux City School District has added a second bus to its mobile food fleet to ensure more children have access to the annual summer meal program. (siouxcityschools.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa expects to serve more than 1 million meals and snacks to 25,000 kids who are home from school for summer vacation. Twelve new sponsors have joined the program this year, bringing the total to nearly 200 serving food at more than 500 sites in communities across the state ...Read More

It may come as no surprise that a new poll finds Tennessee is becoming more politically polarized. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new poll from Vanderbilt University finds Tennessee is becoming more politically polarized. Pollsters surveyed by phone 1,000 of what they call "demographically representative voters," covering topics such as voting access, health care, the opioid crisis and immigration. ...Read More

Sage grouse have lost 95 percent of their historic population. (Jennifer Strickland/USFWS)

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans with ideas on how to conserve sage grouse habitat have an opportunity to submit their proposals to the state. State agencies have $600,000 available for projects that help improve habitat for the endangered bird species. The deadline to submit proposals is June 28. ...Read More

More than 250,000 salaried workers in Washington state would be eligible for overtime pay by 2026, under a proposed rule. (shutterdemon/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – Salaried workers in Washington state who log long hours on the job soon could be eligible for overtime pay. The Department of Labor and Industries has proposed raising the threshold for overtime pay for the first time in more than four decades. Currently any salaried worker makin ...Read More

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped increase access to outdoor-recreation and other conservation efforts in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. (NPS)

VAIL, Colo. — Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is coming home to Colorado for the Western Governors' Association conference today in Vail. Public-lands advocates are asking the former Rifle resident to prioritize conservation over extraction on public lands, and to reverse a proposal to cut ...Read More

About 73,000 New Mexicans have enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program since it was introduced in 2007. (health.harvard.edu)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Opioid-use disorder tops the list of several new qualifying conditions for people in New Mexico who want to enroll in the state's Medical Cannabis Program. David Morgan, public information officer with the Department of Health, said New Mexico has reduced its drug-overdos ...Read More

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