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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 15, 2020

More than 70% of eligible voters in New Hampshire cast ballots in the 2016 General Election. (Voteinnh.org)

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Democratic Party has launched a new website this week. 'VoteinNH.org' includes information about voting registration, polling places, and any legal challenges that may occur before Election Day. Holly Shulman - senior communications advisor for New Hampshire Dems ...Read More

Cash is in short supply for Connecticut families hard-hit during the lockdown, and the United Way says many were having financial difficulty long before this. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

HARTFORD, Conn. - About 450,000 people in Connecticut have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold - and now the United Way is offering free financial coaching and small grants to help some stave off bankruptcy. TrustPlus is part of the ALICE Saves program, ...Read More

People can register to vote using a nearby address if they are living unsheltered. (David Lee/Flickr)

SEATTLE - How do you vote by mail in Washington if you don't have an address? People who are homeless have some options to get their ballots counted in the Evergreen State. Hillary Coleman, community projects manager with Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, says it's important to unders ...Read More

The Northwest's endangered Southern Resident orcas rely on Chinook salmon, whose population also is dwindling. (John Durban/NOAA Fisheries)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Organizations are putting a spotlight on species "on the brink" today, for Endangered Species Day. The celebration was created by Congress in 2006. Jeanne Dodds, creative engagement director with the Endangered Species Coalition, says the Endangered Species Act plays an important ...Read More

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, long-term care facilities account for nearly one-third of COVID-19 deaths in most states. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - On its website, South Dakota isn't including long-term care facilities in its COVID-19 case reporting. But health officials announced Thursday that testing will ramp up at nursing homes, while a leading nonprofit encourages relatives of those residents to make sure they're safe. ...Read More

Personal fears related to immigration status and overcrowded housing situations are considered common reasons why young kids are undercounted in the census. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - The 2020 Census count has been delayed by the pandemic, but groups wanting to ensure that children are counted are getting their message out. In Minnesota, efforts are underway to educate families in communities of color. The state has declared May 15 as "Count All Kids Day." It's es ...Read More

Wisconsin's stay-at-home order was scheduled to last through late May, until it was ended by a state Supreme Court ruling this week. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's stay-at-home order for the pandemic was due to run through late May, until the state Supreme Court ended it much sooner. However, that isn't stopping local and county governments from carrying out their own orders. Top GOP lawmakers had challenged the order from the Dem ...Read More

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Lake Okeechobee water levels with the goal of balancing flood control, public safety, navigation, water supply and ecological health. (ernie114/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - About 30 Florida conservation groups are telling Congress to reject a proposal that could lead to more water being kept in Lake Okeechobee during the dry season. Sugarcane and other farmer companies are pushing for what's known as the "Savings Clause" to be included in this yea ...Read More

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