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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 

A technical error rejected your ballot? Take action. Plus, doctors sound off on harmful health impacts of tailpipe emissions.

2020Talks - October 28, 2020 

The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Archive: March 5, 2020

Removal of energy efficiency standards such as heating insulation could be approved by a state House committee. (Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are considering removing energy standards from building codes. But building industry groups say that would be a mistake that could put Idahoans at risk. Provisions such as heat insulation and water sealing to prevent hazards such as black mold are addressed in ene ...Read More

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, and all three viruses originate in bats, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky public health officials are preparing for the possibility that COVID-19 could spread within the Commonwealth. No cases in the state have been reported so far. However, Dr. Brent Wright, president of the Kentucky Medical Association, says COVID-19, like any other infectio ...Read More

Parents also should include babies in their 2020 census form, even if they're still in the hospital on April 1. (Krzysztof Dzwonek/Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Advocates for children in Nebraska are working to ensure that all of the children are counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, including children younger than five years old and not yet in school. Numbers from the once-a-decade tally play a big role in determining how many federal tax ...Read More

So far, 80 cases of coronavirus in 13 states have been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state says it's monitoring 61 travelers who recently returned home to Arkansas for possible COVID-19 infection. So far, three individuals have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, and no cases have been identified. But Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for im ...Read More

Former Vice President Joe Biden didn't even campaign in Maine, yet narrowly won the state in the Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday. (

ORONO, Maine -- Maine was the closest race of the Democratic Party presidential primaries on Super Tuesday, with former Vice President Joe Biden narrowly beating Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in a surprising victory. Until Monday, Sanders was heavily projected to win the state, which he won again ...Read More

A 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to shutter polling places without federal approval resulted in the closure of almost 1,700 polling locations from 2012 to 2018, according to a report by The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. (

AUSTIN, Texas -- Long lines at Texas polling places on Tuesday are being blamed on too few voting machines and a higher turnout than expected. But some voting advocates say it's because Texas makes it hard to vote. Voters encountered hours-long waits at polling places in heavily Democratic Party ...Read More

The FBI says Minnesota saw a nearly 15% decline in hate crimes in 2018, but authorities say many of these incidents go unreported. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers might soon consider a bill that would broaden the scope of the state's hate crime policies. The legislation would expand efforts to report incidents, enhance training for law enforcement when investigating such crimes and make it easier to prosecute those who ...Read More

In a 2019 study, half of Ohio child welfare workers met the threshold for post-traumatic stress disorder.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's child welfare agencies are grappling with historically high caseloads, and there's often not enough resources to provide timely services to children and their families. One-in-four Ohio caseworkers left his or her position in 2017, and turnover is even higher in some count ...Read More

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