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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Archive: July 3, 2020

Mudbone Grown co-farm managers Art Shaver and Shantae Johnson are heading an effort to provide relief for Black Oregonians during the pandemic. (Mudbone Grown)

PORTLAND, Ore. - As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, some organizations are leading efforts to provide relief to Black Oregon families. Shantae Johnson is a farmer and community health worker who co-manages Mudbone Grown, a Black-owned farm that hosts programs for community members. The farm is he ...Read More

South Dakota's Department of Public Safety says 827 crashes across the state last year were attributed to distracted driving with an electronic device. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. - As of this week, South Dakota is now enforcing its new distracted-driving law. Despite tougher measures across the U.S, researchers say there's still a lot they don't know about reducing cell-phone use behind the wheel. South Dakota's new law focuses on texting while driving. It's n ...Read More

Although recent anti-abortion laws in Iowa have been struck down by the courts, legal observers note that four conservative-leaning justices have been added to the state Supreme Court since 2018. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The issue of whether to restrict abortions has flared up again in Iowa. This week, a judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Iowa's new law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The bill was passed with GOP support just before the Legislature adjourned - an ...Read More

Groups across the country have rallied against stay-at-home orders by channeling their frustrations at public officials. (paulacobleigh/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Militia groups are combining people's fear of the novel coronavirus and the Fourth of July weekend to recruit followers in Montana. Travis McAdam, research director with the Montana Human Rights Network, says groups with ties to white nationalism saw an opportunity when towns acro ...Read More

A climate action plan unveiled by congressional Democrats this week aims to create a 100% clean-energy economy and help prevent the hotter, drier summers New Mexico has had to cope with. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Scientists say only a decade remains to reverse course on the worst impacts of climate change - and to address the looming crisis, House Democrats in Congress have unveiled a net-zero carbon emissions plan they say could be achieved by 2050. In a press briefing, New Mexico Rep. ...Read More

Climate change has caused sea level rise and excessive flooding in recent years in parts of Virginia, including the Norfolk area. (U.S. Navy)

RICHMOND, Va. - House Democrats in Congress have released a new plan that says the United States should reach a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as a way to solve the climate crisis. The report also demands that the nation make a stronger effort to reduce air pollution in low-inco ...Read More

Restaurant shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the Chesapeake Bay oyster industry as well as local communities dependent on fishing and tourism. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - This week, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act, which includes $3 billion for coastal restoration projects. Its backers say the House bill would give a much-needed boost to cleanup efforts for the Chesapeake Bay. Chris Moore, senior regional ecosystem scient ...Read More

Utility cutoffs can start again in West Virginia, increasing financial burdens for some people who've lost jobs as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A ban on West Virginia utility shutoffs during the pandemic has ended this week, leaving many customers scrambling to pay overdue bills to avoid disconnection. In March, the West Virginia Public Service Commission had ordered electric, water and gas providers to halt service d ...Read More

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