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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Archive: June 15, 2020

The Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve offers midday online programs on a different topic every Tuesday. (Osbomb/Flickr)

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way families, educators and students can experience state parks -- through expanded online programs. The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, on the U.S.-Mexican border south of San Diego, showcases the salt marsh where ...Read More

A 2019 Urban Institute study found that 41% of American workers cannot access paid leave. (Clarksgirl/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Paid leave may become a lot easier to take under a proposal in the state budget that is set for a final vote today. Currently, more than 11 million full-time private-sector employees pay into the paid family leave system, but only those who work for companies with more than 2 ...Read More

Moses Mukengezi, who manages the men's mentoring program, came to the United States as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Moses Mukengezi)

BOISE, Idaho -- A new program in Boise is helping to guide young men who are in the U.S. as refugees. The project run by the nonprofit group Economic Opportunity helps those who arrive in a new country. The mentoring project helps men ages 18 to 25 with the transition into adulthood and American ...Read More

A $250 million wildlife crossing pilot program is included in the Senate version of a major transportation bill. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Highway crossings play an integral role in keeping drivers and wildlife safe. Wildlife advocates want the U.S. House of Representatives to include more funding for these projects in its transportation bill. The Oregon Department of Transportation reports about 7,000 vehicle-wil ...Read More

A Pierce County medical examiner has ruled Manuel Ellis' death a homicide. (Cory Doctorow/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. -- In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a Tacoma man, Manuel Ellis, has become part of a somber list of black men who have died in police custody. Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the state is taking over the investigation into Ellis' death on March 3. Civil rights ...Read More

230,000 Missourians would gain health-care coverage under Medicaid expansion. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- New data suggests that Missouri continues to miss out on the benefits of Medicaid expansion. According to a study released by the Missouri Foundation for Health, net new health care spending and the reduction of state government spending on MO HealthNet would generate a mul ...Read More

Virginia has seen an increase in flooding over the past 10 years, including this flood in Allegheny County in 2016. (Virginia National Guard)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Virginia has experienced more than 10 major flooding catastrophes in the past decade, and a new state fund could offer flood-prone communities the ability to protect themselves. This year, the General Assembly passed the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund, which will prov ...Read More

Census officials say undercounting of young children has been an issue for decades, and fear it could be a bigger problem for the 2020 count. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Outreach groups for the 2020 census count say Wisconsin relies heavily on federal funding for early-childhood education. They say it's one of many reasons why the state can't let young children go uncounted. An estimated 1 million kids under the age of 5 were not counted nationwid ...Read More

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