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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 

Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.

2020Talks - August 14, 2020 

Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Archive: July 8, 2020

Unemployment fraud has proved costly in some states during the pandemic. For example, in Washington state, $650 million in jobless benefits were distributed to people filing false claims. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- The COVID-19 crisis has produced a number of other serious issues, and one is higher cases of unemployment fraud. Bogus claims have surged in South Dakota, and state officials say it slows the process for those who desperately need help. Over an eight-week period, according to the s ...Read More

The advocacy group #Masks4All says Iowa is among just a handful of states to not require any kind of mask compliance in public spaces. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- With COVID-19 cases flaring up in many parts of the country, there's a movement among local governments to issue mask mandates. In Iowa, however, municipal leaders who want to take such action say their hands are tied. Some parts of Iowa are seeing a resurgence of coronavirus cas ...Read More

In the two weeks following the death of George Floyd, an estimated 10,000 people were arrested during protests in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

CINCINNATI -- There are new demands that the City of Cincinnati drop the charges against hundreds of people arrested during racial-injustice protests. On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Mass Defense Coalition served the city with motions to dismiss the cases against more than 500 people who were arrested, ...Read More

Advocates for public schools say federal CARES Act funding should favor low-income public schools over private institutions. (Shaitra Ken)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, four other states and Washington, D.C., are suing to stop the federal government from siphoning off coronavirus aid meant for low-income schools and sending it to private and religious schools. Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued an interim final r ...Read More

Some 92% of New York voters support making parks, open space and natural areas more accessible. (Meng He/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Seven in 10 New York voters believe that recovering from the economic impact of the COVID pandemic is an opportunity to take on future challenges such as climate change, according to a new survey. Conducted by The Nature Conservancy, it shows broad support for environmental initiatives s ...Read More

Conservation groups say they fear construction of a border wall across the San Pedro River could cause flooding during the rainy season and block a migration route for endangered animals. (Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation groups say the federal government is building a stretch of the border wall that could block the San Pedro River, where it flows north from Mexico into Arizona. The San Pedro is the last free-flowing stream in the Sonoran Desert, and the groups have said plans to extend ...Read More

Nevada lawmakers have approved $96 million for COVID-19 contact tracing and expanded laboratory testing. (free-photos/Pixabay)

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada lawmakers meet starting today to address unprecedented budget shortfalls, one day after the state recorded its highest increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. More than 850 new virus cases were reported on Monday. Caleb Cage, the COVID-19 response director for Nevada, said more p ...Read More

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