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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 23, 2020

University of Massachusetts professors Michael Ash and Shouvik Chakraborty claim that for every $1 million of government spending on public higher-education jobs, anywhere between 12 and 17 new jobs are created. (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

AMHERST, Mass. -- An analysis from University of Massachusetts-Amherst professors shows state spending on public higher education is a better economic stimulus than other sectors, such as construction. The report authors argue this could help Massachusetts recover financially from the COVID-19 cri ...Read More

The U.S. Postal Service was left out of coronavirus relief in the CARES Act. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Postal workers are rallying across the country today for Save the Post Office Day. The U.S. Postal Service has struggled during COVID-19, projecting a $13 billion loss this year as a result of low mail volume. But it was left out of Congress' $2 trillion relief package passed in M ...Read More

In-person census survey visits historically have helped boost participation among communities of color and other underrepresented groups. (Adobe Stock)<br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Census workers will hit the ground in person next month, gearing up efforts to contact households that have not yet responded to the national survey. Door-to-door visits will continue through the end of October, as the agency recently extended the response deadline to account f ...Read More

Water conservation by Texas providers has stalled, but more utilities are submitting their required reporting and the accuracy of reporting generally is improving, according to the Texas Living Water Project. (danielsfotowelt/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has some of the most progressive water-conservation laws and policies in the United States, but water conservation by municipal water suppliers has stalled in the past four years. According to Texas Living Waters Project Deputy Director Jennifer Walker, an update to the 2016 ...Read More

Community health centers are on the front lines of the pandemic, yet they have been left out of some federal relief programs. (National Assn. of Community Health Centers)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- About 200 health centers across the state have closed their doors during the pandemic because the number of patient visits dropped by half, prompting advocates to push for more federal relief. They do get some CARES Act funding, but the Paycheck Protection Act specifically ex ...Read More

Infant mortality among Black infants in Illinois is two times the overall state rate. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Dual reports featuring new data on child outcomes reveal persistent health inequalities among children in Illinois. The 2020 Illinois KIDS COUNT report, released in conjunction with the national 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that roughly 3 ...Read More

Men are twice as likely as women to binge drink and use illicit drugs at more than double the rate of women. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- With Men's Health Month drawing to a close, Nebraska physicians are underscoring the need for men of all ages to seek regular preventive and behavioral care, especially during times of crisis. Dr. Tony Sun, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthCare in Nebraska, says annual checku ...Read More

Workers are 15 times more likely to put away money for retirement if they have access to a workplace retirement savings plan. (401kcalculator/Flickr)

DENVER -- More than 900,000 Colorado workers soon will have access to a retirement savings plan through their workplace. Senate Bill 200 recently cleared the Colorado Legislature. Kelli Fritts, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Colorado, said the measure will help the state avoid what ...Read More

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