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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.


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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: February 17, 2020

Montana received nearly $3 billion dollars from programs that use census data in fiscal year 2016. (gustavofrazao/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- An accurate census count is most important to rural states, such as Montana, and poorer states, according to a new study. States receive $1.5 trillion from programs guided by census data each year. In Montana, those programs made up more than 12% of personal income in 2017, accord ...Read More

The AARP Community Challenge grant is seeking proposals that make places such as parks vibrant places for people of all ages. (Mediteraneo/adobe stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- Communities around Oregon have a chance to fund quick action projects that bring people of all ages together. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is calling for ideas that improve people's lives and can be completed in a few months. It's the program's fourth year. Last year ...Read More

There were more reported cases of child sexual abuse in Idaho last year, but it could be a sign that awareness on the issue is working. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Findings that reports of child sexual abuse in Idaho went up in 2019 have made headlines, but advocates for child welfare say more reports could be a good sign. The Idaho Attorney General's annual report says there were 696 reported cases of child sexual abuse in 2019, up 103 from ...Read More

About 330,000 Washington state kids are waiting for an after-school program. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
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SEATTLE -- After-school organizations in Washington state are utilizing training and other support systems to create better programs for their students. Open Doors for Multicultural Families is an organization that works with youth with disabilities from culturally diverse communities. It's reachi ...Read More

Nearly 6,000 big game animals such as deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats die each year from collisions with vehicles on Wyoming's highways and interstates. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming took a big first step toward blazing a new trail on managing big game migration corridors when Gov. Mark Gordon signed an executive order last week. Dan Stanton, a biologist and sportsman's representative on the governor's advisory group on migration, says keeping paths o ...Read More

Hunger-fighting groups point out that food insecurity among Ohioans hasn't improved significantly since the end of the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the U.S. House and Senate in recess this week, poverty-fighting groups in Ohio are hopeful the state's congressional leaders will hear their calls to save crucial safety-net programs. The White House released its $4.8 trillion executive budget last week. Trump's budget plan w ...Read More

Census officials say workers will be knocking on doors this spring and summer. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This spring, census workers will be knocking on doors as the 2020 nationwide count rolls out. But many of these jobs still need to be filled, and seniors are being encouraged to help with the gap. The U.S. Census Bureau says it hopes to hire 500,000 people to ensure a complete ...Read More

Firearms-related deaths in North Carolina topped 1,400 North Carolinians in 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - More than half of North Carolina's 100 counties have passed resolutions declaring they are "Second Amendment sanctuaries" - meaning they see themselves as exempt from enforcing state gun safety laws. Winston-Salem resident and retired teacher Susan Browder comes from a family of gu ...Read More

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