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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 abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: July 24, 2020

Texas currently averages more than 60 dangerous heat days a year with 115 such days predicted by 2050. (NOAA)

HOUSTON - As climate change relentlessly drives up summer temperatures, the city of Houston and Harris County will learn their hottest spots next month with aid from local residents. A heat-mapping project is designed to help communities reshape themselves with the goal of cooling off urban enviro ...Read More

Some Oregonians have used OregonSaves as an emergency fund during the pandemic. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A novel program to help Oregonians save for retirement is celebrating three years of operation. OregonSaves is an alternative savings program for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans. Part of the secret to its success is that employees must opt out of the program, w ...Read More

A bill before Congress would make Pine Mountain Ridge an addition to the Sespe Wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest. The area currently is targeted for logging by the Trump administration. (Bryant Baker)

OJAI, Calif. - Public-lands advocates are cautiously optimistic that a bill to preserve wild lands in California can pass the U.S. Senate - after sailing through the House last week as an amendment to the must-pass U.S. Defense Authorization Act. The bill would protect land in the San Gabriel Moun ...Read More

Tennessee ranks 40th in the nation for voter registration. (Adobe Stock)<br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The last day to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, July 30, for Tennesseans wishing to avoid the polls on August 6, the state's Democratic primary election day. Voting-rights advocates say residents should first verify they are eligible to vote by mail before they start the p ...Read More

The nation's first study of PFAS contamination is centered at the site of the former Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. (Master Sgt. Dave Casey/Wikimedia Commons)

CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill yesterday to fight PFAS contamination on several fronts. The measure would compel insurance companies to pay for blood tests to detect PFAS chemicals. It also writes PFAS standards for drinking water into statute - which would head off a lawsuit brou ...Read More

The new Harvard Kennedy School and Brookings Institution report,

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Voting is required in a lot of countries, but not the U.S. A new Harvard and Brookings Institution report considers what universal voting could look like here. The paper argues that mandatory voting would improve democracy by getting more people to the polls. María Teresa K ...Read More

Should instructors be allowed to decide if a course is held in person or online? (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO - A coalition of unions representing university and college faculty, staff and graduate workers are questioning the safety of returning to campus this fall. Yesterday, the unions demanded that higher learning begin remotely for all Illinois colleges and universities. President of Cook Coun ...Read More

According to a published report, South Dakota officials signed their driver's license sharing agreement with the Census Bureau in April. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota officials acknowledge they're working with the federal government in sharing driver's license information with the U.S. Census Bureau. The agreement has caught the attention of immigrant advocacy groups. South Dakota and three other states have signed agreements with th ...Read More

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