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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: June 2, 2020

Regular exercise is important for flexibility as a person ages. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Staying safe at home doesn't have to mean staying still. And health experts say movement is especially important for older adults. Sitting for long periods of time has been repeatedly linked to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and early death. As the owner of the Fl ...Read More

Fewer polling locations are open for Indiana's primary because of a lack of poll workers. (kgroovy)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's Primary Election Day is here, and election officials are stressing that voter safety is first and foremost. The election was delayed by four weeks because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Polls will be open to allow in-person voting, and all poll workers w ...Read More

In 2017, with an average Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program loan amount of just under $28,000, 26 new businesses created 286 new jobs. The vast majority of RMAP loan recipients were women and people of color. (USAF)

LYONS, Neb. -- With Congress in gridlock over future stimulus spending during the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses with loans through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, or RMAP, still have not received any financial help. Johnathan Hladik, policy director with the Center for Rur ...Read More

Without Medicaid expansion and other statewide policy changes, the number of Texans without health insurance could increase to 5 million people next year, according to analysis by the Episcopal Health Foundation. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new analysis shows Texas can prevent a looming health care crisis if the state expands Medicaid and steps up efforts to enroll the newly jobless in health plans through the Affordable Care Act. Since the pandemic hit, more than 1.2 million Texans have lost their health insurance ...Read More

Less than 2% of South Dakota's population is Black, and advocates for people of color say the lack of diversity is also reflected in state government, which can make it hard to address issues of race. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- People across the country are protesting the killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer. In South Dakota, some say there's a need for systemic change, but not enough voices in power to make a difference. Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer, has become ...Read More

In addition to direct payments, the federal government is helping farmers during the pandemic by buying unused product and helping to distribute to those in need. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Farmers can start applying for emergency aid approved by Congress in response to COVID-19. But federal agriculture officials aren't ready to cover all commodities just yet. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program includes $19 billion in funding, most of which will cover payment ...Read More

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau began a phased restart of field operations in an additional 14 states, and there's at least one field office at work in all 50 states. (U.S. Census Bureau)

DENVER -- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for groups working to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census. It's estimated that 50% of people who rely on programs that get funding based on census numbers go uncounted. Brandon Stiller, creative director at the Open Media Foundation ...Read More

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MADISON, Wis. -- The issue of whether nearly 130,000 Wisconsin residents should be removed from the voter rolls has resurfaced, as the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. The controversy arose after state election officials sent letters to residents who had possibly moved, to confirm ...Read More

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