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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2020 

COVID-19 reported to be on the rise in more than 30 states; and will Supreme Court nomination tilt U.S. Senate races?

2020Talks - September 21, 2020 

Biden pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump plans to announce his replacement nominee this week. Plus, early voting in four states.

Archive: June 12, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has heavily impacted the finances of Day One, a youth nonprofit and member of the Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services in Maine. (Day One/Facebook)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Forty percent of the agencies in Maine's Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services are concerned they may need to shut down services in the next six to 12 months, according to an internal survey. Eighty percent say they've already reduced services because of COVID-19. The ...Read More

The prison discharge order of Max Mason, a black man whom many say was wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Duluth in 1920. (Minnesota Historical Society)

DULUTH, Minn. - The police killing of George Floyd has pushed deep-seated racial tensions to the forefront in Minnesota. Many cite a horrific event from 100 years ago as underscoring the history of racism in the state, and a pardon in that case is being considered. The state Board of Pardons, whic ...Read More

About 30% of Black workers and 20% of Latinx workers hold bachelor's degrees, compared to 44% of White workers. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The percentage of students of color enrolled in Tennessee colleges has steadily increased in the past decade, but national figures show that earning gaps persist among Black workers with college degrees compared to Whites. The inequities stem from access to and completion of col ...Read More

State officials say nearly 80% of the votes cast in Iowa's June 2 primary came through absentee ballots. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill in the Iowa Legislature would restrict the state from mailing out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, like it did during the recent primary. The measure is drawing fierce backlash as the state looks ahead to the November election. In response to COVID-1 ...Read More

Public health officials say using contact tracers to notify people exposed to contagious diseases such as COVID-19 is a key weapon in their battle to slow the pandemic. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona is skyrocketing, putting hospitals on emergency status and prompting public health officers to look for ways to slow the spread. People are being encouraged to practice social distancing, wear face masks and, if they feel ill, get tested. B ...Read More

Protesters against racism and police brutality have gathered in cities across Idaho since George Floyd's death. (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho - The call to defund police departments has become a rallying cry across the nation in the wake of George Floyd's death. Leaders in Idaho, from the governor to Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, have rejected this demand. But Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho, says ...Read More

Part of renovating the Payne Branch Dam involves improving wildlife habitat along Boone's Greenway Trail. (Michelle Ligon/Explore Boone)

BOONE, N.C. - A damn restoration project set to start next month in western North Carolina is expected to improve water quality for thousands of local residents and enhance wildlife habitat in the Boone area. Years of damage and deterioration of the 100-year-old Payne Branch Dam along the Middle F ...Read More

An advance directive informs hospitals about a patient's choices for medical interventions and end-of-life care. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK - As the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rise, a new initiative is helping Mexican immigrants living in the United States deal with issues of end-of-life planning. Hispanic Americans are 18% of the U.S. population, but account for 25% of COVID deaths, adding extra urgen ...Read More

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