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PNS Daily Newscast - October 27, 2020 


Protests as Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court; New York targets transportation, the state's biggest source of carbon pollution.


2020Talks - October 27, 2020 


U.S. Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court in a nearly party-line vote. GOP Sen. Susan Collins, up for reelection, is the lone vote against.

Archive: March 19, 2020

Illinois was the first state to expand Medicaid health-care coverage to undocumented children. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A strong health care infrastructure is crucial during times like these, but not all children in Illinois have equal access to health care coverage. A new report by UnidosUS and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows the uninsured rate for Latino child ...Read More

North Dakota health officials say parents should talk to their children about COVID-19 using a calm, factual approach that minimizes anxiety or fear. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota parents have a lot on their plates as the coronavirus crisis unfolds, including job concerns and keeping their families healthy. State officials also are acknowledging the added stress of making sure children understand what's happening. Alarming information about ...Read More

In addition to a paid leave provision, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that waives the waiting period for insurance coverage for new state workers during the coronavirus crisis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The COVID-19 crisis has prompted decisions regarding state workers in Minnesota. While it's not protesting any action right now, one of the state's largest unions has taken notice of one of the moves. This week, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that, among other things, ...Read More

Oregon pantries are getting creative with assistance, including delivering food boxes. (happy_lark/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Food assistance programs are making sure people have the resources they need during the COVID-19 outbreak. Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan says there's no worry of her network running out of food at the moment. The food bank warehouse has 4 million pounds of food at any giv ...Read More

Idaho Voices for Children recommends the state immediately distribute protective supplies such as masks to the most vulnerable populations. (David Fuentes/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the impacts of the new coronavirus come into view, one Idaho group is asking Gov. Brad Little to act quickly to protect residents and their livelihoods. Idaho Voices for Children has sent Little a letter with recommendations in four areas: health care, housing, family financial ...Read More

A timber harvest plan would have covered 1.8 million acres of land on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. (Steve Sadowski/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- A federal judge has blocked a logging project in the nation's largest forest and conservation groups say that's a big win in the battle against climate change. The judge put a temporary injunction in place against a project that would have opened logging on 1.8 million acres in Alaska's ...Read More

Wyoming is joining Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas and Nevada in using a process called ranked-choice voting to determine delegates in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Democratic Party has canceled in-person caucuses because of the COVID-19 crisis, but voters still can cast ballots by mail and at drop boxes. And for the first time, voters will be able to rank their choice of candidates. Chris Merrill, executive director of the nonp ...Read More

Foot traffic in American Chinatowns has dropped more than 50 percent since January over fears of contracting the coronavirus. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Nationwide panic over the coronavirus has sparked a rise in racist incidents against Asian-Americans in the United States. In a press conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to call the infection "the Chinese virus" and argued it wasn't a racist term. But Linda J ...Read More

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