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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 22, 2020 

It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and the nation's abortion debate are back in the election spotlight.

Archive: July 23, 2020

Before Minnesota issued a statewide mask mandate, many cities across the region already had implemented their own rules. The state order allows for municipalities to strengthen their ordinances. (Aadobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's statewide mask mandate to combat COVID-19 goes into effect this weekend. One health official says viewing it as a conduit to getting back to normal could help with compliance. This week, Minnesota joined nearly 30 other states that require a face covering inside busin ...Read More

Unemployment offices across the state have shut their doors in recent years, forcing out-of-work Kentuckians to travel long distances. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since 2017, more than thirty unemployment offices across the Commonwealth have shut their doors. Now, State Rep. Terri Branham Clark wants to bring them back. The Ashland Democrat has pre-filed legislation that, if enacted, would reopen dozens of unemployment offices across the st ...Read More

Scientists have called on the United States to stop new coal leasing to help prevent the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. (Ecoflight)

SHERIDAN, Wyo. - A coalition including the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, conservation organizations and states launched a new challenge this week against the Trump administration's move to open millions of acres of public lands for new coal leasing and mining. Connie Wilbert, director of the Wyoming Ch ...Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has the U.S. Postal Service scrambling to come up with additional revenue.(Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians have been counting on their postal workers to deliver needed items during the pandemic, and now the U.S. Postal Service is asking residents to call their congressperson today about legislation that would provide $25 billion in COVID-19 relief for the national mail c ...Read More

Libraries in Missouri have expanded services to protect the health of patrons during the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Federal lawmakers are considering legislation that would help keep library doors open in Missouri in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. From digital programming to curbside pickup, libraries across the state have pivoted their offerings in order to safely provide materials to c ...Read More

A new House bill could provide funding to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's extreme seagrass loss over the past year. (Chesapeake Bay Program)<br /><br /><br />

RICHMOND, Va. - As coastal areas experience severe job loss from COVID-19 shutdowns, new legislation in Congress promises funding to restore those jobs and boost the climate resilience of coastlines. The Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2020 mirrors and expands o ...Read More

The public has until Sept. 3 to weigh in on a proposal to loosen the rules on high-interest short-term loans. (Krosseel/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Trump administration released a proposal this week that would make it easier for banks and payday lenders to charge sky high interest rates - despite California laws against predatory lending. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency wants to overturn the "true lender ...Read More

By some estimates, the U.S. Postal Service could run out of funding by fall 2021. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Postal workers will be flooding phone lines today to urge Senate leaders to act quickly to provide emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service. The pandemic has only exacerbated the financial woes of the USPS, which now is projecting a $13 billion loss for 2020. President of Ame ...Read More

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