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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 

Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.

2020Talks - October 26, 2020 

Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Archive: April 14, 2020

The South Fork Salmon River in central Idaho is a popular recreation river. (Wendy Jones/American Rivers)

MCCALL, Idaho -- For the third year in a row, the South Fork Salmon River has been named one of the most endangered in the country. That's according the group American Rivers, which has released its list of the country's ten most threatened rivers. For the South Fork Salmon, the threat comes from ...Read More

The Gila Wilderness was the first area in the United States to receive wilderness designation. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico residents have two more days to comment on a plan that will guide resource management in the Gila National Forest for the next 20-30 years. The forest-management plan, which has not been updated in 34 years, will determine how wilderness, wildlife, water and other n ...Read More


AUSTIN, Texas -- If you're having trouble getting your head around what part of the coronavirus pandemic we're in, a Texas public-health expert says it can be broken into five phases. Gerald Parker directs the Bush School's biosecurity and pandemic public policy program at Texas A&M. He said we've ...Read More

The U.S. District Court of Nebraska holds a status hearing today on an emergency motion requesting the release of the state's plan for prevention, management and treatment of COVID-19 in Nebraska prisons. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's overcrowded prisons could put their incarcerated residents at greater risk of an outbreak of COVID-19, and a coalition of legal groups want the state to share its plans for keeping those serving time, prison employees and their families safe. Adam Sipple, legal director ...Read More

A Facebook page to support businesses in Seattle's International District has more than 18,000 members. (Prayitno/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE -- As coronavirus emerged in Washington state, Asian-Americans faced xenophobia and racism, and businesses in Seattle's International District suffered. Some businesses have gone under and others are in danger of closing. But in March, Sarah Baker and other Seattleites stepped up to create ...Read More

Environmental groups in the upper Midwest say states such as Iowa face ongoing flood threats because of extreme weather events caused by climate change. (Crystal Dorothy)

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- As Iowa and other states brace for more flooding this spring along the Upper Mississippi River, a new report highlights the continued threat facing the waterway. Each spring, the environmental group American Rivers releases its "Endangered Rivers" report, and this year, the Upper ...Read More

Around 60% of the country's 30,000 post offices are located in ZIP codes with one bank branch or none. Supporters of postal banking say that's why the idea would help many underserved Americans. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The combination of cash-flow problems for the U.S. Postal Service and the lack of access to financial services for many Americans is renewing calls for postal banking services. Supporters say the move could benefit a large number of Minnesotans struggling during the pandemic. Th ...Read More

A new report says officials need to rethink the levee system used to control flooding on the Lower Missouri. (Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The "Mighty Mississippi" and "Big Muddy" are the backbone of many Missouri communities, and a new report warns these two big rivers are at a major crossroads. The upper Mississippi and lower Missouri are ranked by American Rivers as the country's top two "most endangered riv ...Read More

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