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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. Groups are pushing to turn out young voters. Plus, 20 million raised so far to pay court fees and fines for returning citizens to vote.

Archive: July 20, 2020

Because COVID-19 spreads through droplets, being outside can help mitigate some of the risks of contracting the virus. (anzebizjan/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Summer is a cherished time in the Northwest with families going outside to enjoy the sun and warm weather. But the COVID-19 outbreak means folks need to keep some precautions in mind. Dr. Peter Barkett, an internal medicine physician with Kaiser Permanente in Silverdale, says people w ...Read More

Protests have been ongoing since George Floyd's death in May. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Across the country, workers on Monday are striking for Black lives. Striking workers span industries, including fast food restaurants, health care and hospitals. Some plan to walk off at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the length of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauv ...Read More

The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed by President George H. W.  Bush in 1990, is considered the benchmark law guaranteeing civil protections for those with disabilities. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Many people living with disabilities say becoming a self-advocate is one of the benefits afforded by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which took effect 30 years ago this month. The milestone anniversary officially occurs on July 26th, and it's being celebrated ...Read More

Since March, many states have done a good job in keeping teens from entering juvenile detention centers. But getting teens already in custody released is an area still lagging. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Positive trends in populations at youth detention centers in the U.S. have hit a snag, according a new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, long-term efforts to keep teens out of these facilities still offer hope, including in Minnesota. When the coronavirus pan ...Read More

Opponents of new oil and gas leases presented 33,000 public protests to New Mexico lawmakers at the Roundhouse in 2019. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management to reinstate a rule that limits methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Residents of Western states who fought for the rule are praising the decision, although they assume the ruling will be appealed. The Trump ...Read More

Some education experts anticipate that more college and university students will consider learning online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (jagritparajuli99/Pixabay)

DALLAS -- The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis two months ago has accelerated the launch of a new learning program by a school in Dallas. The Urban Scholars Program was in the works at Paul Quinn College, but became more urgent with Floyd's death, as the histori ...Read More

43% of Missouri households have a member who lost income between March and June of 2020. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As the U.S. Senate returns to work this week, there are urgent calls for legislators to act quickly to ensure all Missouri families can meet their basic needs during and after the COVID crisis. In the next two weeks, a moratorium on evictions will expire along with federal ...Read More

The average-size district could pay as much as $1.8 million to reopen all of its school buildings under the new safety guidelines established by health and education experts. (Julia M Cameron/Pexels)

DENVER -- As school districts scramble to reopen in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, educators in Colorado and across the nation say they'll need more financial support from the federal government to open safely. Educators say school districts will need more teachers, substitutes and custod ...Read More

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