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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: May 11, 2020

Researchers estimate more than 1 million children were missed in the U.S. population count for the 2010 Census. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas households can fill out their 2020 Census form online or by phone; that's the message children's advocacy groups want residents to know as the coronavirus pandemic stalls door-to-door outreach efforts. Every uncounted Arkansan means less money for the state - for ever ...Read More

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TOPSHAM, Maine -- Maine is one of the first states to reopen hair salons, but so far, many who work in salons say it hasn't been worth it. On May 1, Maine included hair salons in its first phase of business reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. While many were eager to open, some salon owners hav ...Read More

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to prevent meatpacking plants from closing and keep food supply chains open. (Flickr)

OMAHA, Neb. -- Many Nebraska meatpacking workers, who stand side by side in cool, virus-preserving conditions, are reporting that the meat they process is more valuable than their lives. According to Douglas County's health director, 70% of COVID-19 infections involving two or more people have bee ...Read More

Brad Miller's family, above, takes part in the Twin Cities Heart Walk each year to honor his legacy. Family members will be among the many to participate in this year's virtual walk, which was forced to change formats in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AHA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nonprofit organizations face major obstacles in carrying out large fundraisers during the coronavirus pandemic. The same is true for Minnesota organizations, but one group is giving it a try in the virtual world. The Minnesota chapter of the American Heart Association will hold ...Read More

A polar bear sculpture made of trash that's washed up on Oregon beaches is on display at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. (washedashore.org)

BANDON, Ore. -- Researchers estimate 19 billion pounds of plastic get into the ocean each year. What washes back to shore could be trash -- or art. Bandon resident Angela Haseltine Pozzi founded the Washed Ashore Project 10 years ago. She says the nonprofit group has worked with more than 10,000 ...Read More

Families and advocates demand testing of all incarcerated people and clemency for those most at risk of COVID-19.  (Walter Hergt/North Star Fund)

NEW YORK -- Formerly incarcerated people and the families and communities of people now in prison held a vigil outside Fishkill Correctional Facility on Friday to demand the release of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Congregate living quarters and little or no personal protective equipment make ...Read More

The National Association of Counties is asking Congress for more direct, flexible funding to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including an additional $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers. (nvdoctors.org)

LAS VEGAS -- The National Association of Counties has joined seven other organizations in praising the coronavirus financial relief approved by Congress, but the organizations also are requesting more aid for state and local governments, so they can maintain services as revenues plummet. Clark Cou ...Read More

California is the first state to send mail-in ballots to all voters, while at the same time preserving robust in-person voting options. (Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Over the weekend, President Donald Trump said California's plan to open up an additional voting site and mail ballots to every voter is a "scam" and an attempt to steal the November election, and insisted the votes must not count. On Friday, California mandated that all vote ...Read More

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