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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 27, 2020

More than half of poll workers in 2016 were over the age of 60 -- a high risk group during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Lisa F. Young/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- With the highest turnout for primaries in 40 years, Idaho's unique all-absentee election in May presented a challenge for the state. The Idaho Secretary of State's office says it plans to run this November's event more like past elections -- if counties can find enough poll workers ...Read More

A study found rural residents were less likely to follow CDC guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 spread, like frequent hand washing and sanitizing. (thayra83/Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- A new study finds rural Americans are at higher risk for COVID-19 than their urban counterparts but less likely to adhere to public health recommendations. The University of Montana's Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities focused on people with disabil ...Read More

Mercy Flights' mobile paramedics can offer up to 30 days of transitional support after someone is discharged from the hospital. (Jason Quigley)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- First responders are reaching beyond emergencies to support people in southern Oregon. Mercy Flights is the emergency transportation provider in Jackson County. Meg Wills, population health portfolio manager with the coordinated-care organization Jackson Care Connect, said her org ...Read More

The CORE Act would add recreational opportunities in the White River and San Juan national forests,  and protect the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development. (Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons)

EAGLE, Colo. -- Congress has an opportunity to preserve 400,000 acres in Colorado, after the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE, Act was attached to a key defense spending bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Kathy Chandler-Henry, chair of the Eagle County ...Read More

Federal officials say the median loss for North Dakota fraud victims is $258. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- The Federal Trade Commission says North Dakota residents have lost a combined $116,000 from fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumer protection experts say to keep that number from rising, old and new safeguards need to be followed. North Dakotans have been targeted by COVI ...Read More

Wisconsin elections officials say the 23,000 absentee ballots rejected in April represented a normal amount, but because there was a jump in first-time absentee voters, it became more magnified. (Adobe Stock).

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin election officials expect a lot of people to vote absentee this November. But after many mail-in ballots were rejected during the primary, the state isn't taking any chances with the outcome of the presidential race possibly hanging in the balance. The Wisconsin Electi ...Read More

Advocates say 1 in 4 California households is housing insecure, meaning they are not certain they can pay the rent or mortgage next month. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California families of color are bearing the brunt of the pandemic while also working many of the jobs essential to the economy, so advocates are urging the U.S. Senate to make sure their basic needs are met. The House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but the Senate ...Read More

The solar industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, but systems purchased and installed in New Mexico before Dec. 31, 2027, are eligible for a 10% tax credit. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- All eyes are on New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission this week in anticipation of a decision on how to replace energy from the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station. The station, located in San Juan County, is set to retire in 2022. The commission's hearing examiners r ...Read More

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