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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


2020Talks - September 23, 2020 


Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, 20 million raised so far to pay court fees and fines for returning citizens to vote.

Archive: July 14, 2020

Earlier this year, a Franklin County, Ohio, juvenile detention center struggled to contain a COVID-19 outbreak that involved at least 27 staff members and 14 youths. (Adobe Stock)<br />

AKRON, Ohio -- Across the country, the coronavirus has prompted juvenile-detention facilities to release kids at higher-than-usual rates. But a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds releases have now stalled, leaving many youths, disproportionately Black children, still living in pre-t ...Read More

North Carolina and other states are bracing for a surge of absentee voters in the Nov. 3 presidential election. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Civil rights groups says a new election-reform law doesn't go far enough to ensure the absentee ballot voting process is accessible to everyone. In June, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that boosts funding to counties to help streamline the absentee-voting process for resid ...Read More

The Roan Highlands in North Carolina is a conservation focus area of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. (Travis Bordley)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation aimed at ensuring the nation's land and water resources, particularly its national parks and forests, are maintained and protected for future generations. Conservation groups in North Carolina say the bill could expand residents' access ...Read More

An analysis of data from the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture estimates that 99% of U.S. farm animals are located on factory farms. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The corporate meat industry is the target of a new campaign that asks consumers to boycott products from large operations. Those behind the effort point to recent situations in Iowa as examples of longstanding issues that need to be resolved, and cite a wide range of issues inclu ...Read More

Oregon's cigarette tax rate ranks 32nd in the nation. (berkut_34/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon would have the highest tax on a pack of cigarettes on the West Coast if a ballot measure passes in November. Anti-smoking advocates are hoping increasing the tax by $2 from its current rate of $1.33 will get more smokers to consider quitting. Kay Graven is the former lead ...Read More

COVID-19 cases have surged in Yakima County among farmworkers. (trongnguyen/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A group of Latino Washingtonians are suing Yakima County over its election structure. They say the county's reaction to the pandemic exposes why the system needs to be reformed. Countywide voting gives the slight-white majority in the area control, with only one Latino ever servin ...Read More

The group North Dakota Native Vote is teaming up with RE-AMP to enhance digital outreach during the pandemic. (ndnativevote)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- An outreach group in North Dakota wants to ensure Native American voters get attention in this election cycle, despite the pandemic. Volunteers are being asked to sign up for virtual training so they can inspire others with their own stories about voting. Nicole Donaghy, executiv ...Read More

Maryland officials stressed the importance of signing up for health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With COVID-19 cases among younger Marylanders on the rise, state and federal lawmakers are urging residents to sign up for health care coverage by tomorrow's deadline. In a virtual news conference late last week, Reps. Jamie Raskin and Steny Hoyer talked about how the state's hea ...Read More

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