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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 16, 2020

UnitedHealthcare is awarding $1 million in Empowering Health grants to four community-based organizations in Nebraska to expand access to care and address the social determinants of health, including access to fresh, nutritious produce. (Pixabay)

OMAHA, Neb. -- Food pantries in Nebraska already stretched thin before the COVID-19 health emergency are getting new fuel for their efforts to meet the nutrition needs of families impacted by the pandemic's economic fallout. Mike Hornacek, president of the Omaha group Together, says thanks to a ne ...Read More

Wisconsin leaders have a goal of seeing all residents have access to broadband internet by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - A task force is starting work on ways to further address broadband access issues in rural Wisconsin. But an advocacy group says the effort must address the issue of competition in order to be effective. The Badger State consistently has ranked low when it comes to broadband coverag ...Read More

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Iowa's wind turbines generated 42% of the state's electricity in 2019, the highest wind-power share for any state. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The wind-energy industry has a strong presence in states such as Iowa. But for more projects to move forward, a new report says local governments and developers need to be diligent in sorting out zoning issues. Iowa is among the top ten states for renewable energy from wind farm ...Read More

Suspicions of price-fixing within the beef industry have been around for years but have intensified in 2020, leading to federal investigations. (Adobe Stock)

DRAKE, N.D. - Calls are growing louder for changes within the beef industry to create fairness for farmers and ranchers struggling to compete with larger operations. A group of producers in North Dakota says it has solutions for policymakers to consider. This week, a livestock committee with the N ...Read More

More than 165 people sentenced to death in the United States have been exonerated since 1973. (CA Corrections/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - This week the nation saw the first federal execution in 17 years, and in Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon announced he will consider a moratorium for the death penalty as the state struggles with the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic and a downturn in the energy sector. ...Read More

Conservation advocates argue that we need to go all-electric and transition away from using natural gas for heating. (Donnie B/Morguefile)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Proposals to transition from natural gas to so-called "renewable" gas won't solve our emissions problems - according to a new report. The report - from Earthjustice and the Sierra Club - is called Rhetoric vs. Reality: The myth of "renewable natural gas" for building decarbonizat ...Read More

The state Senate approved the bill 26-24 with four Republicans joining Democrats to vote no. (pabrady63/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Critics say an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution narrowly approved by the state Senate yesterday would allow the majority party to dominate the courts. Pennsylvania's appellate court judges are chosen in statewide elections. The proposed amendment would divide the state ...Read More

State officials say they anticipate Minnesota residents in need of new emergency housing assistance will be able to begin applying within the next month. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans struggling financially during the pandemic will see some more relief in trying to make their housing payments. The governor has announced a new round of assistance, and a key group hopes more long-term fixes are approved. Earlier this week, Gov. Tim Walz said that $10 ...Read More

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