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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: September 10, 2019

Nearly 3-in-4 school districts in North Carolina reported between 5% and 15% of their elementary-school students as chronically absent during the 2015-2016 school year. (Adobe Stock).

RALEIGH, N.C. — A new survey of more than 1,500 preschool, Head Start, and elementary-school staff and parents finds North Carolina school districts could be doing more to help their students get to school every day. Nearly 1-in-8 young children misses more than 15 days of school every year, a ...Read More

Willie Nelson, shown above at Farm Aid 2018, organized the first Farm Aid along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985. (Brian Bruner/Bruner Photo)

EAST TROY, Wis. — Farm Aid is coming to Wisconsin next week to promote family farming. The music festival backed by Neil Young, Willie Nelson and other musicians has raised $57 million for farmers since it began in 1985. On Sept. 21, musicians and fans will gather at the Alpine Valley Music ...Read More

Older workers may want the flexibility of a part-time job or working from home. (MinDof/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Many Connecticut workers over 50 find they need a little extra income or a more flexible work schedule, and now there's help available to connect them with jobs. From family caregivers who would prefer to work from home to retirees who want to return to the workforce, jobs ...Read More

The annual cost of the name-brand cancer-treating drug REVLIMID rose roughly $100,000 between 2012 and 2017. (Burlingham/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE — New research shows the rising cost of prescription drugs is harming the Washingtonians who need them most. The average annual cost of prescription drugs grew 57% between 2012 and 2017, according to data compiled by AARP Washington. Over that same period, annual incomes in the state ...Read More

Many fashion lines already have stopped using real animal fur. (Monica Migielska/Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would become the first state in the country to ban the sale of fur if a bill before the state Senate today becomes law. Assembly Bill 44 already has passed the lower chamber. Fleur Dawes, communications director with the nonprofit group In Defense of Animals, ...Read More

The ACE NY annual conference will include an update on New York's ambitious offshore wind program. (zozulinskyi/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Municipal leaders, state agencies and representatives of renewable-energy industries will gather in Albany next week to explore ways to make New York's clean-energy law work. With passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York made a commitment to achie ...Read More

An analysis of the share of federal spending on things such as education and child-abuse prevention shows a 10% decline since fiscal year 2015. (Brian A. Jackson/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new report shows the share of federal spending on children was at an all-time low in fiscal year 2019. The 13th annual Children's Budget Book, released today, finds the share of spending on children - at 7.21% - is down 10% in the past four years. Bruce Lesley is pres ...Read More

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