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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2021 


President Biden aims to put the U.S. in a leadership role on climate change, and the pandemic shines a spotlight on regional food supply chains.


2021Talks - April 19, 2021 


President Biden will announce a new 2030 emissions target, George W. Bush urges more respectful conversation on immigration, and the Giffords Center ranks Indiana's gun policies low, despite their "red flag" law.

Archive: October 2, 2020

Protesters in Seattle have been in the streets for months now, ever since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Wikimedia Commons)

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SEATTLE - For the second time, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has filed a motion of contempt against the City of Seattle on behalf of Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, in a lawsuit over police response to protests. A federal judge this summer barred Seattle officers from us ...Read More

One study shows women in rural Appalachia with substance-abuse disorders who used a smartphone treatment app stayed in treatment almost twice as long as those who didn't. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spurred by concern that folks battling substance abuse can't always get in-person treatment during the pandemic, West Virginia is highlighting telehealth options to help providers better support their patients. At this month's state social-work convention, Bob Hansen, executive ...Read More

Indiana distributed nearly $144 million in SNAP benefits in July, more than twice the amount than in July 2019. (Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's hunger-fighting network is applauding congressional leaders for boosting food assistance in the latest COVID-19 relief proposal. The U.S. House approved an updated Heroes Act late yesterday, which includes a 15% benefit increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pr ...Read More

The number of Mainers requesting help with domestic violence situations increased close to 150% from April through June compared to the same period in 2019. (PickPik/Creative Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine - It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the groups that help survivors in Maine are expecting another record number of requests for assistance. From April to June, these organizations reported a nearly 50% increase in helpline calls, text messages, emails and other contact. ...Read More

In AARP polling in battleground states, voters over 50 have said Social Security, Medicare and prescription drug prices will be important factors when making their election decisions. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Throughout October, AARP North Dakota and Prairie Public Broadcasting team up to co-host a series of debates for various political races. And they're hoping the participants will address concerns about topics important to voters age 50 and older. Candidates for governor, state Sup ...Read More

Allowing leaves to decompose naturally produces leaf mold, which improves soil structure and water retention. (maxbelchenko/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Conservation groups say one task most homeowners can take off their autumn to-do list is getting rid of all those leaves. Autumn leaves are beautiful on the trees, but most people assume that once they're on the ground, it's time to get out the rake and leaf blower and send them off ...Read More

Idaho's suicide rate is 57% higher than the national average. (Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's already high suicide rates could worsen as the COVID-19 crisis stretches into the winter months, and state officials are relying on technology for some outreach efforts. In 2017, around 22 suicide deaths per 100,000 Idahoans put the state among the top five in the nation, ac ...Read More

In some Oregon counties, election workers are available to go to the homes of people with disabilities if they need assistance with completing their ballots. (Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. - Advocates for people living with disabilities say Oregon has taken some major steps to ensure that everyone has the help they need navigating the voting process - even during a pandemic. Tom Stenson - deputy legal director at Disability Rights Oregon - said the state, with its all-mai ...Read More

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