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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


2021Talks - April 9, 2021 


A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Archive: October 29, 2020

The national food bank network Feeding America estimates this year food insecurity will affect nearly one in five North Carolina residents, around 19%. (Adobe Stock)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- More North Carolina families are struggling to buy food, yet Congress continues to stall on another round of House-passed coronavirus relief that would provide $10 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Amy Cantrell, co-director of the community resourc ...Read More

A proposed cellphone tower would be near a popular recreation site, Redfish Lake, in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area. (Riley Yerkovich/Flickr)

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STANLEY, Idaho -- Critics in central Idaho don't want a cellphone tower to be part of the view of the region's iconic Sawtooth Mountains. Groups are requesting the Idaho Land Board reconsider New Cingular Wireless's lease to AT&T to build a 195-foot cell tower on a parcel of state endowment land wi ...Read More

The Better Business Bureau says using a credit card is safer than a debit or gift card when purchasing holiday gifts over the internet. (Mymemo/Adobestock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Lots of people are getting a jump start on holiday shopping because they want to compensate for any COVID-related shipping delays. This week, consumer advocates are warning about a proliferation of online shopping scams. One thing to watch out for are ads on social media such as ...Read More

Older voters support candidates who favor increasing protections for nursing-home residents during the pandemic. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Recent polling shows Social Security and Medicare are top issues for older voters of both parties in Pennsylvania, and their votes could decide the election. The poll, conducted by AARP, shows 88% of older voters are more likely to support candidates who promise to protect Social ...Read More

Earlier this year, Wisconsin saw more than 20,000 absentee ballots rejected because of voter mistakes, nearly the same number by which Donald Trump won that state in 2016. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Across the U.S., absentee ballots are being mailed in at historic levels. That's created questions about more rejected votes because of mistakes, and whether that will affect the election outcome in battleground states like Iowa. But the Iowa Secretary of State said there's no ...Read More

Historic numbers of Tennessee residents have either requested absentee ballots or voted early. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Absentee voting in Tennessee has surged during the pandemic, prompting questions about how long it might take for election officials to tally votes. Dawn Schluckebier, advocacy and government relations director for the nonpartisan nonprofit Think Tennessee, said so far, more th ...Read More

Budgeting for medication costs is a challenge for many older adults, and closely examining Medicare enrollment options could help them weather the current economic storm. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Older Americans are getting reminders about the Medicare enrollment period, which is now underway. But unlike other years, their renewal comes during a pandemic and related economic crisis. Eligible North Dakotans are urged to carefully consider what works for their budget. Doree ...Read More

A Minnesota research group says rural and urban parts of the state may be different, but they are growing and changing in many similar ways. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Political debates in Minnesota have included a common component in recent years: noted differences between geographic areas. But new findings from a research group show most parts of the state are seeing similar trends, while dealing with many of the same challenges. Ellen Wolter, r ...Read More

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