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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 

Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.

2020Talks - October 1, 2020 

Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Archive: April 21, 2020

It's estimated that worldwide, around 2,220 metric tons of mercury are emitted each year. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that 2016 air-pollution controls placed on mercury emitted from coal-fired power plants are "neither appropriate nor necessary," citing the cost of compliance. For now, the regulations will remain in place, but critics say the agen ...Read More

Last week, Gov. Brad Little extended Idaho's stay-at-home order through the end of April. (Phil White/Office of the Governor of Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. Brad Little and AARP Idaho are hosting town halls every Tuesday to give updates on the coronavirus. In the meetings, streamed live online, Idahoans are encouraged to submit their questions about COVID-19. Health officials also are part of the hour-long segments providing infor ...Read More

In states with Democratic governors, including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, protests against stay-at-home orders are being led by organizations aligned with President Donald Trump. (

MADISON, Wis. -- Another protest against Wisconsin's "stay-at-home" order is scheduled for Friday. Similar events have been held across the country, and a sociologist says while the politics behind them raise questions, punitive measures aren't safe. In recent days, demonstrations were held in Bro ...Read More

The Ryan Larkin New York-Presbyterian Field Hospital can treat more than 216 patients. (Frederick Wellman)

NEW YORK -- Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued executive orders allowing people with varying degrees of training to help treat COVID-19 patients, veterans have been putting their skills to work on the front lines of the pandemic. When Fred Wellman, founder of a veteran-owned public relations firm in R ...Read More

Earth Day 50 will focus on the importance of continuing investment in the health of the planet. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And to mark the occasion, environmentalists are having a virtual gathering, urging the state of New York to continue its commitment to healing the planet. The COVID-19 pandemic will have a huge impact on the New York state budget. But env ...Read More

Groups want to move local elections in Virginia from May 5 to Nov. 3. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Concern over public gatherings during the coronavirus crisis has spurred voting-rights groups to press Virginia's General Assembly to move the date of local elections from May to November. The Legislature is set to reconvene Wednesday and will vote on Gov. Ralph Northam's recommen ...Read More

Before closing in 2019, General Motors' Lordstown, Ohio, plant produced the fuel-efficient Chevy Cruze. (InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, OH -- A new poll suggests automakers in Ohio and other states would be wise to accelerate investment in clean-car technology. A survey of General Motors vehicle owners found the company's favorability with customers dropped from 93% to 44% after vehicle owners learned about GM's failure t ...Read More

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