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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Archive: April 15, 2020

At the onset of the pandemic, American consumers stocked up on meat products. But there's concern that supplies eventually will be affected by facility closures as more workers become infected. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- The pandemic is forcing some meat-processing plants to close in a handful of states, including the Dakotas, but one expert said it shouldn't be a big problem for consumers just yet. In South Dakota, a Smithfield Foods plant closed temporarily after hundreds of workers tested positive ...Read More

After years of debate, Canadian company TC Energy is moving forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (chesapeakeclimate/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is going forward, cutting a path through northeast Montana, but climate action groups and tribes say along with environmental concerns, the pipeline poses a health threat with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Steve Bullock is allowing work to g ...Read More

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women will experience physical violence from an intimate partner at some point during her lifetime. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The state's 15 domestic-violence shelters say they have no plans to close their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to losing work and child-care support, said Angela Yannelli, chief executive of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, survivors of domestic v ...Read More

The group Dairy Farmers of America estimates a nearly 15% decline in orders for milk and other goods from large-scale customers during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Some Wisconsin farmers are faced with the prospect of dumping their products amid a steep drop in demand during the pandemic. That's prompting calls for action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that food isn't wasted and that farmers can get some financial help. Thi ...Read More

While most Washington state Department of Ecology staff is telecommuting, its spill response team still is on the ground and in waterways. (Des Runyan/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- The Washington state Department of Ecology is making clear it won't give any slack on environmental regulations, despite the Environmental Protection Agency relaxing rules during the pandemic. The department is exercising "reasonable discretion" in pursuing violations, but says it's still ...Read More

A reduction in driving because of COVID-19 means AAA customers in Nevada will receive premium refunds totaling $100 million. (pixel2013/Pixabay)

LAS VEGAS -- With so few cars on the road because of stay-at-home orders, customers of AAA in Nevada are scheduled to receive a 20% refund for two months of their auto premiums. The roadside assistance organization is joining the list of companies offering some rebates as a result of the pandemic. ...Read More

In 2017, North Carolina residents discovered that Chemours, a spin-off of DuPont, had been dumping PFAS into the Cape Fear River near its Fayetteville plant for decades. (Wikimedia Commons)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Almost 70 companies or plants in North Carolina are among those likely releasing chemicals known as PFAS into the air and water of nearby communities. A new map of suspected industrial discharge sites includes more than 2,500 nationwide. Chemical companies, carpet makers, commerci ...Read More

Most Marylanders want reassurance that their credit scores won't suffer if they can't pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., held a tele-town hall this week to give residents a chance to ask questions about consumer protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns about credit ratings and coronavirus scams were two of the hottest topics for people on the call. One Maryla ...Read More

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