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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 27, 2020

Ohio's voting sites would not open for the state's postponed primary under a new vote-by-mail-only plan. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Civil-rights groups caution that Ohio's new plan to address the state's postponed primary could deprive people of their right to vote. To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine closed the polls for the state's March 17 primary. House Bill 197 was passed by the Legi ...Read More

Nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979 made its way to Idaho for storage. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Saturday is the 41st anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Experts say there are lessons in the incident, including for Idaho, where waste from the plant eventually ended up. Associate Professor of English and Sustainability at Stony Brook ...Read More

An Oregon clinicians stresses that people should practice physical distancing but stay in contact with people in their social circles. (macondos/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - With Oregonians ordered to stay at home during the new coronavirus pandemic, isolation could be creeping into people's lives, and that's increasing the risk of suicide. Greg Borders is chief clinical officer of Lines for Life, a nonprofit based in Portland that works to prevent su ...Read More

A study by the Wilder Foundation says roughly 20,000 people experience homelessness on a given night in Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

DULUTH, Minn. - State government agencies have taken steps to protect Minnesotans who are homeless during the pandemic - but aid groups say they're seeing growing challenges by the day, and more help is needed. Nonprofits that help people living on the streets say many shelters were already at or n ...Read More

For Montana counties that opt in for an all-mail primary this June, ballots must go out by May 8. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. - In response to the new coronavirus pandemic, Montana counties will have the option to conduct the June primary completely by mail. Gov. Steve Bullock has issued an order expanding mail-in ballots and early voting for the June 2 election, in order to help slow the spread of the viru ...Read More

Advocates for those with disabilities say while there's been no reported incidents in Iowa, they're monitoring to see if their clients are denied health care because of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the global pandemic unfolds, advocates for those with disabilities hope these individuals don't become ignored. An Iowa group says there are a number of ways that could happen. The new coronavirus has brought us many phrases such as "social distancing" to encourage people to t ...Read More

Consumer groups say a $500 thermometer is just one example of price gouging. (M. Kuhlman)

INDIANAPOLIS - As if protecting oneself from the new coronavirus isn't daunting enough, consumer watchdogs say Hoosiers also need to guard themselves against price gouging. Adam Garber, consumer watchdog with U.S. PIRG Education Fund, says their research found that after the World Health Organizat ...Read More

The bill ensures that all school employees will continue to be paid while schools are closed. (Jazmine/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Legislation to protect students and adapt curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic has cleared the General Assembly. The closing of schools across the state to stop the spread of the coronavirus is having an unprecedented impact on Pennsylvania's public-school system. Chris Lili ...Read More

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