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PNS Daily Newscast - August 10, 2020 


The U.S. tops 5 million COVID-19 cases; and the latest on the USPS mail slowdown.


2020Talks - August 10, 2020 


Sunday was the sixth anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown. Tomorrow, Rep. Ilhan Omar faces off against a primary challenger in MN, plus primaries in CT, VT and WI. And a shakeup at the Postal Service.

Archive: March 2, 2020

A pollinator-friendly solar farm provides acres of healthy food for bees as well as creating clean energy. (Fresh Energy)

INDIANAPOLIS -- There was a loud buzz over bees in Indiana this weekend, as more than 1,200 beekeepers gathered in Indianapolis to learn the latest ways to protect them. Co-chair of Indiana Bee School 2020 Debbie Seib said beekeepers are key defenders of honey bees, whose population has declined by ...Read More

Community supervision terms for people released from prison currently run consecutively rather than all at once. (Ulia Koltyrina/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Legislation in Olympia would reduce community supervision terms for people with multiple felonies. But corrections officers are concerned it could spread out an already thin workforce. Under the bill, supervision terms -- which are carried out after a person is released from pr ...Read More

Wyoming's retired firefighters, teachers and other public sector workers have lost an estimated 21% of their spending power since the last pension inflation adjustment in 2008. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The cost of health care, groceries and housing has increased dramatically since 2008, the last time Wyoming's retired public employees saw an inflation adjustment in their monthly pension checks, and many are having trouble keeping up. Last week, Wyoming lawmakers passed House Bi ...Read More

A 2016 study found nearly 100 million prescribed painkillers go unused after wisdom tooth extractions. That's led to efforts to get dentists and their patients to rely less on opioids. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The role the dental industry can play in addressing the opioid crisis is being highlighted in a new outreach campaign. The effort is spearheaded by Minnesota-based United Healthcare. The company says the main concern is prescribing opioids to patients in their late teens followi ...Read More

Some fishing communities in Idaho rely on salmon to support their local economies. (Nan Palermo/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Federal agencies have released a report on management plans in the Columbia River basin to save endangered salmon species, rejecting proposals to remove four lower Snake River dams in southeast Washington. The draft environmental impact statement instead recommends smaller actions, ...Read More

There are a number of bills in the Idaho Legislature this session aimed at the state's transgender population. (Kenneth Freeman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Senate will decide on a bill that would bar transgender people from changing their birth certificates to match their gender identities. The legislation received approval from the House last week despite a 2018 federal court order rejecting the same policy from the Idaho D ...Read More

In addition to the 11 public school districts already approved, three more North Dakota districts have applied for a four-day-a-week schedule. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The number of North Dakota school districts moving to a four-day academic week has doubled in the past year - and more districts have applied to alter their schedules next year. The trend has surfaced primarily in rural parts of the state. Superintendent David Goetz runs the Wing ...Read More

In a recent analysis, more than 93% of reporters covering Native Americans were not Native Americans themselves. (flucas/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Stereotypes are common in media coverage of Native Americans, according to a new report. The Native American Journalists Association analyzed articles in 2018 and 2019 from Fox News, The Guardian, National Public Radio, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and found more th ...Read More

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