PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 

The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 

Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Archive: May 12, 2020

Shaw Creek runs through Veterans Healing Farm in Hendersonville, N.C. (Resource Institute)

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- A river-restoration project on a farm for veterans in Hendersonville is bringing new life to a community space. Veterans Healing Farm began in 2013 as a way to support the emotional and social well-being of returning service members, who use the land to grow food, herbs and ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says more veterans are relying on telehealth appointments to communicate with their health care providers. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- For the more than 300,000 veterans living in the Commonwealth, the coronavirus pandemic has hindered in-person doctor visits, and many are turning to telehealth. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said use of video appointments has skyrocketed and reported more than 2 millio ...Read More

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Minnesota needs to spend more than $7 billion over the next 20 years in water infrastructure upgrades to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Adobe Stock)

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -- More than two dozen business, labor and environmental groups have joined elected leaders in calling for new spending to upgrade Minnesota's water infrastructure. The "Fix the Pipes" coalition wants the state Legislature to approve at least $300 million in bonding to fund projec ...Read More

Idaho is allocating $300 million to small businesses affected by coronavirus. (Maridav/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Many small businesses in Idaho were shut out of the federal government's popular coronavirus aid programs, so the Gem State is providing its own relief. The application process is open for the Idaho Rebound Small Business Grant program, which is aimed at helping businesses that did ...Read More

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that would have funded the nation's first prescription-drug affordability board. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Since Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign a measure to fund the state's new Prescription Drug Affordability board last week, health care reform groups now are urging the General Assembly to override the veto. The first-in-the-nation board was established last year by lawmak ...Read More

Women across the United States, already stretched thin as both breadwinners and primary caregivers, now are also charged with teaching kids. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Since the coronavirus sent the U.S. economy into a medically induced coma, more than 21 million jobs have been lost. And research shows women lost nearly 6 out of every 10 jobs across all sectors. In April alone, women's job losses were five times higher than the total lost durin ...Read More

As the country slides deeper into a recession because of the coronavirus pandemic, more individuals may avoid hospitals or other emergency care due to lack of health insurance. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new report finds 43 million Americans could lose their employer-sponsored health coverage under worst-case-scenario unemployment projections, as the country slides deeper into a recession. The findings from the Urban Institute highlight the crippling effect the coronavirus pa ...Read More

A new online COVID-19 symptom checker tool may help patients decide on their next course of action.  (Wavebreak/iStockophoto)

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you're feeling ill, there's a new symptom tracker tool from UnitedHealthcare available online to help you figure out if you might have COVID-19. The free COVID symptom checker, available at, will be updated as CDC guidelines evolve. Dr. Ty Sullivan, chief medical officer ...Read More

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