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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 8, 2020

New Madrid County has the highest rate of food insecurity in Missouri, at more than 17%, data that is exacerbated by the closure of schools. (Nevada Department of Agriculture)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A new online mapping tool being released today will help families and policymakers track the impact of the pandemic on children. The site, from Missouri Kids Count, maps out county stats on child population, food insecurity, SNAP food benefits, child abuse and visits to the E ...Read More

Experts say the U.S. Postal Service could run out of money by summer without federal assistance. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Postal workers in Kentucky are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service. President of Louisville Local 4 of the American Postal Workers Union Art Campos says postal workers have been crucial in serving the public during the COVID-19 crisis - ...Read More

More than 110 people have passed away from COVID-19 in New Hampshire, with close to 80% of deaths occurring in long-term care facilities, such as Bellamy Fields. All 19 new deaths announced on Wednesday were long-term care residents. (Bellamy Fields Website)

CONCORD, N.H. - Nearly 80% of people dying from COVID-19 in New Hampshire lived in long-term care facilities - the highest share of these deaths of any state, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data. New Hampshire Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette explained at a Wednesday press briefing that ...Read More

A right-leaning conservation group says oil and gas leases on public lands in Nevada and other states should be suspended this year to preserve taxpayer assets. (Bureau of Land Management)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The historic decline in demand for fossil fuels has a right-leaning conservation group wondering why the Trump administration keeps pushing to lease public lands for oil and gas development. The new coronavirus pandemic has helped tank prices, which means companies can't sell oil ...Read More

The Good Neighbor Agreement between a mining company and Montana conservation groups ensures citizen oversight of water quality. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

BILLINGS, Mont. - An unlikely pairing of conservation and industrial interests in Montana is celebrating two decades of cooperation today. In these divisive times, it could serve as a model for bringing more folks together. The Good Neighbor Agreement was signed on May 8, 2000, between the Stillwa ...Read More

Since mid-March, Oregon Food Bank has invested about $1 million to distribute 1 million pounds of food across Oregon and southwest Washington. (CameraCraft/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The new coronavirus outbreak is devastating the economy and leading to surges in hungry people. Oregon Food Bank is stepping up to meet the challenge and believes we can emerge stronger from this crisis. The food-distribution network says its partners around the state have seen 20 ...Read More

Dr. Leon McDougle is part of a national coalition advocating to consider race and ethnicity when screening for COVID-19 tests. (Eye on Ohio)

By Afi Scruggs for Eye on Ohio Broadcast version by Diane Bernard for Public News Service Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - After changing the guidelines to test ethnic minority groups disproportionately a ...Read More

California spent about $57 billion on K-12 schools and community colleges last year but now could be forced to cut $18 billion. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education advocates are calling on the feds to step in and prevent huge cuts to K-12 schools and community colleges - as the state projects a $54 billion budget deficit. The coronavirus has forced the state to spend more even as tax revenues are falling. Jeff Freitas, presiden ...Read More

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