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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 11, 2020 

Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Archive: July 13, 2020

NuScale is developing a nuclear reactor project at the Idaho National Laboratory. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- A proposal from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission exempting emergency planning for new nuclear plant designs is raising alarms. The NRC proposal would allow facilities to end emergency preparedness zones at their boundaries. That zone is currently set at a 10-mile radius ...Read More

A new poll finds many Montanans don't feel safe going to a polling place and would rather vote by mail this November. (Alcorn Imagery/Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Most Montanans are hoping to vote by mail this November, according to a new poll. The University of Montana's Big Sky Poll finds 66% of voters want to cast their ballots at their mailbox. Sara Rinfret, chair of the UM Department of Public Administration and Policy and co-direc ...Read More

States with the highest voter turnout numbers have enacted same-day registration and easier vote-by-mail policies. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Grassroots advocacy groups across the state have launched, a get-out-the-vote campaign aimed at increasing voter turnout in this fall's presidential election. North Carolina is widely viewed as a swing state, and Brigid Flaherty, co-director of Down Home North Carolina, ...Read More

Health experts say public compliance with mask use could play a big role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

WINONA, Minn. -- Cities in Minnesota have openly debated mask mandates to protect residents from contracting COVID-19 and to stem the spread. And while a statewide rule from Gov. Tim Walz could come soon, local governments are navigating a public health issue that some say trumps personal freedoms. ...Read More

National Forest Week was launched in 2019 to raise awareness of the value of America's National Forests on publicly-owned lands. (Pickpik)

DELTA, Colo. -- This week, Americans are celebrating National Forest Week. Ute Mountain Utes member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk says forests have long been places where Indigenous people have retreated to find solitude or collect herbs in preparation for ceremonies. She says access to public lands has ...Read More

In states with spikes in coronavirus cases, some are rolling back reopening efforts. While South Dakota cases are relatively low by comparison, the state largely has avoided hard restrictions on the business community during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Most of South Dakota has been open for business during the latest phase of the pandemic. But one city has opted to extend business restrictions amid concerns about rising case numbers. The Brookings City Council voted last week to keep in place limits on various businesses, incl ...Read More

Prior to payday lending reforms in Ohio, Pew Research found that Ohioans typically paid nearly $700 in interest and fees for short-term loans. (Adobe Stock)

CLEVELAND -- There are renewed concerns that payday lenders will keep customers trapped in a cycle of debt following the roll back of a federal rule. The research group Policy Matters Ohio says even with tougher laws in states such as Ohio, families still can still be exploited by the industry. ...Read More

Dam removal on Delaware tributaries helps migratory fish such as shad, sea lamprey, river herring and American eel. (ALAN/Adobe Stock)

NEW HOPE, Pa. -- A dam removal project is having a positive impact on the Delaware River's ecosystem, including a boost to the population of migratory fish. Removal of the Columbia dam on the Paulins Kill in New Jersey has given migrating shad and sea lamprey access to 20 miles of spawning waterwa ...Read More

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