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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: May 1, 2020

Fast-food workers are considered essential during Ohio's stay-at-home order, yet earn a near-poverty wage. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the livelihoods of many Ohioans. However new data reveals a significant number of Ohio workers were already were scrapping to get by. A new report shows that six of Ohio's 10 most common jobs in 2019 paid near-poverty wages. Researcher Michael ...Read More

Scientists say it's important to curb emissions drastically by mid-century to avoid the worst effects of climate change. (Choat/Adobe Stock)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The country's response to the new coronavirus pandemic could provide valuable insight on how to curb climate change's effects. Scientists are considering ways to model climate actions after the COVID-19 outbreak. Director of the Montana State University Institute on Ecosystems Bru ...Read More

Connecticut's voting rules are some of the most restrictive in the country. (svanblar/iStockphoto)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The COVID-19 crisis has brought the issue of absentee-voting rules back to the forefront - and now Gov. Ned Lamont is facing calls to make the process easier. Right now you have to have an excuse to vote by mail - be in the military, be ill or out of town. John Erlingheuser, advo ...Read More

A new report estimates that 38,000 children in New Mexico won't benefit from financial relief to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic because their parents are undocumented. (nmpovertylaw.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Many of New Mexico's immigrants, including some with legal residency, will not receive the federal government's $1,200 stimulus checks or other financial relief, according to a new report. Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children, says the "Essential but ...Read More

New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts lack state regulations to control discharges into rivers and streams, making them completely dependent on federal clean-water protections. (riograndesierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A proposal to abolish limits on how much pollution can be dumped into small streams and wetlands was challenged this week by conservation groups. The legal challenge could open a major court battle over what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say clean-water p ...Read More

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Alternatives Initiative, more than 200,000 young people a year are admitted to detention facilities in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - A number of noticeable trends have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes lower juvenile detention numbers. A new report suggests a downward trend in states such as Minnesota. The national survey, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows a 24% drop in the number of ...Read More

A new online effort being led by a Minneapolis nonprofit aims to connect people feeling a lack of human connection during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Not everyone can huddle up safely in their homes during the pandemic. Many Minnesotans are on the front lines or lack community support - but a new initiative aims to give them a voice. Virtual chats called "Weather Together" are being spearheaded by Marnita Schroedl - CEO of Marnita ...Read More

Advance directives let patients decide if they want invasive medical treatment. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK - Advocates for end-of-life care options have written a letter asking the federal Health and Human Services Secretary to reverse a waiver of a federal law that requires patients to be informed of their right to refuse treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the wa ...Read More

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