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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 20, 2020

Soil conservation practices can help soybeans and other crops become more resilient to extreme weather. (USDA/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Amid the challenges of another rain-soaked spring and a global pandemic, hundreds of Illinois farmers are using conservation practices to help curb the long-term effects of climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Illinois Climate Summary projects m ...Read More

Emergency financial assistance is available for Oregon veterans and their families. (John Hughel/Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With Memorial Day approaching, the country's veterans are at the forefront in many people's minds. and resources are available to Oregon veterans during the COVID-19 crisis. Carmel Perez Snyder, director of advocacy and outreach for AARP Oregon, said the Oregon Department of Veter ...Read More

A poll by the American Psychiatric Association found more than 60% of Americans are experiencing stress and anxiety because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Many North Carolinians find themselves feeling grief, anxiety or depression these days, and experts say mental-health issues from the coronavirus pandemic are not unlike those seen during natural disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in 2018, said Kody Kingsley, deputy ...Read More

School nurses and pediatricians worry that students with chronic health issues aren't getting all the help they need during the crisis, and that a growing number with mental-health issues are losing access to screening. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The pandemic is a special concern for anyone dealing with chronic health issues, including students. In Minnesota, school nurses are trying to help with gaps, and looking ahead to eventual reopening. Before classrooms closed, said Tom Stinson, a licensed nurse at Harding High Sch ...Read More

The push to reopen many businesses is among a number of moves Iowa's governor has been questioned about in the state's response to COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's handling of the coronavirus response has received criticism at times. A watchdog organization says it's fair to question some of the moves, but adds there's a lot to consider. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been scrutinized for not issuing a stay-at-home order, and the state's tro ...Read More

Nevada's Desert National Wildlife Refuge, largest in the lower 48 states, is home to desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife. (

LAS VEGAS -- Conservation groups say Nevada eventually could lose its Desert National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas if Congress approves a request from the U.S. Air Force to expand its sprawling military range. Russell Kulhman, executive director of the Nevada Wildlife Federation, said the pro ...Read More

Wildfire managers in New Mexico often let wildfires burn, but have determined they will be extinguished as quickly as possible this season. (

SANTA FE, N.M. -- It's only May, but fire restrictions already were imposed in New Mexico today, and COVID-19 will add another layer of safety precautions to the firefighting season. Kaili McCray, who chairs the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's emergency medical committee, said large numbers ...Read More

Experts say kids are making fewer reports of abuse because during the pandemic, they've had less contact with trusted adults outside their household. (bigandt/iStockphoto)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Reports of child abuse and neglect to New Hampshire's Division of Children, Youth and Families have been down nearly 50% over the last eight weeks, and experts are certain that it isn't because abuse has evaporated during the pandemic lockdown. With school now online and after-s ...Read More

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