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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding hungry families, on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: The newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we'll return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 25, 2020 

CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Archive: October 27, 2020

According to Kaiser Health, per-capita spending for local public health departments across the United States has decline by 18% since 2010. (Adobe Stock)

ROLLA, N.D. -- As COVID-19 continues to spread across North Dakota, more attention is being paid to hospital systems and their ability to withstand the latest wave. But public health offices also are feeling pressure, and some wonder if more funding would have better prepared their staffs. The sta ...Read More

A survey on social determinants of health found that 48% of respondents indicated health literacy is one of the top five social issues that affect patient outcomes. (ElenaBuzmakova_Borisova/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The uninsured rate in Texas surged to 29% earlier this year - with nearly 1-in-3 Texans younger than 65 living without health insurance. That's the highest rate in the nation. Serena Bumpus, director of practice with the Texas Nurses Association, said research suggests many people ...Read More

Research from Pew shows around 79% of American households have home broadband internet access. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- AT&T has announced it's retiring its Digital Subscriber Line broadband internet, putting more than 469,000 DSL customers into uncertainty over the future of their internet access, and leaving new residents of DSL-only areas with few options. Critics say as more companies phase ou ...Read More

A new report calls for Michigan lawmakers to increase state statutory revenue sharing to counties, cities and townships. (Michigan Municipal League/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. -- A new report reveals that communities throughout Michigan are paying the price for decades of state revenue-sharing cuts. Local revenue-sharing payments are state taxes distributed to local governments, and according to the findings, these payments decreased more than 35% for cit ...Read More

In 2018, Nebraskans age 50 and older contributed 250 hours, on average, per year caring for loved ones, at a value of $2.2 billion. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraskans age 50 and older create a big economic impact that should help the state's economy recover from the pandemic and drive economic growth for the next 30 years, according to new research from AARP. Todd Stubbendieck, state director at AARP Nebraska, said the study refutes ...Read More

Members of a West Virginia NOW group rally in Charleston, saying the Senate should have waited until after the election to push through a Supreme Court nominee. (Kanawha Valley NOW Facebook page)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On the day of the confirmation vote of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, a coalition of West Virginia groups protested in Charleston against Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's support of the nominee. They say the senator should be focused on COVID-19 relief instead. ...Read More

The deadline for Oregonians affected by wildfires to apply for assistance is Nov. 16. (

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The federal government is offering disaster relief to Oregonians affected by the September wildfires. With the deadline approaching, information on how to apply is especially important for older folks and people with mobility issues. Danielle Bailey is a disability integration sp ...Read More

New York must take on pollution from transportation to meet its carbon emission reduction goals. (Mihail/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A coalition of environmental, business and health groups is urging New York state to take the lead in a regional effort to reduce carbon pollution from transportation. Transportation is now the leading cause of carbon pollution in New York. A new collaboration of 12 states and the ...Read More

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