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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: April 16, 2020

Gov. Janet Mills extended Maine's state of emergency until May 15, which currently includes the stay-at-home order. Until there is the ability to implement widespread testing, infectious disease specialists caution against opening state economies. (Airman 1st Class Sara Kolinski/U.S. National Guard)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she is coordinating plans with the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont to reopen the economy once it is safe to lift stay-at-home orders. But according to an infectious disease expert, a few measures must be in place to lower the chances of COVID-19 ...Read More

Ohio's secretary of state says about 25% of voters routinely vote by absentee ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- March 17 has passed, but Ohio's 2020 presidential primary is not over. Because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the closure of polling locations, Ohioans now can vote by mail until April 28. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the state already has a convenien ...Read More

The U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline for collecting data to Oct. 31 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (US Census Bureau)

DENVER -- Colorado's foundations are going all in on efforts to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census, and with daily life upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the call is out for creative ways to engage all Coloradans in the once-a-decade tally. The Denver-based NextFifty Initiative is hand ...Read More

The John C. Boyle Dam, southwest of Klamath Falls, is one of four dams slated for removal as early as 2022. (Bobjgalindo/Wikimedia Commons)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Advocates for salmon hope the timeline holds for dam removal on the Klamath River, saying it's a race against time to make sure some salmon species don't go extinct. It's the largest removal project in U.S. history and will demolish four dams in southern Oregon and northern ...Read More

Domestic violence calls in Indianapolis rose from about 73 calls a day before the stay-at-home order to 86 per day. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The governor's stay at home order has dramatically changed the daily life of many Hoosiers, and it also could be behind recent shifts in crime patterns. Researchers at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs e ...Read More

The Florida Department of Corrections has 145 facilities statewide, including 50 correctional institutions, seven private partner facilities, 17 annexes, 34 work camps, three re-entry centers and more. (Pixabay/jodylehigh)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The first two deaths in Florida's prison system related to the coronavirus comes as the system is seeing a spike in both staff and people serving time testing positive for COVID-19. Just over a week ago, the Florida Department of Corrections said 12 staff members and no inmate ...Read More

The Bank of North Dakota, at more than 100 years old, remains the only state-owned bank in the United States. Two dozen other states are considering opening their own. (Charles Russell/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Advocates for public banking are pressing states to create their own banks, which could lend at lower rates and prioritize the recovery of local business. They argue that Wall Street currently takes too big a bite in fees and interest. Ellen Brown, chair of the nonprofit Public Banking ...Read More

Patients can verify if a purported drug shortage is real by checking the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Shortage database. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anecdotal reports show that prices have risen for a number of common drugs because of the COVID-19 crisis. So one senior advocacy group is offering advice on how to find the best deal. Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League s ...Read More

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