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PNS Daily Newscast - November 27, 2020. 

A call on state congressional delegations to speed COVID-19 economic relief; a gap in trapping pollution impacts communities of color.

2020Talks - November 25, 2020 

CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Archive: August 10, 2020

Runoff from dairy and farming operations contains nitrogen that is affecting drinking water for people in Twin Falls and other parts of eastern Idaho. (Mark Gunn/Flickr)

KETCHUM, Idaho -- A new report raises growing concern about contamination of Idaho's Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The Idaho Conservation League has released its second groundwater report on the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for more than 300,000 Idahoans. Josh Johnson, a conservation as ...Read More

Minnesota's 3,000 polling sites will include safeguards to prevent COVID-19 infection, such as Plexiglas barriers between voters and polling workers. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's primary election is Tuesday. This year's vote is unlike any other in recent history, and state officials hope they've made enough accommodations for anyone worried about participating during a pandemic. Primary races for U.S. Senate and House seats, and legislative ...Read More

School reopening guidance includes best practices for social distancing, face masks and cleaning classrooms. (ShunTerra/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools will begin reopening soon and advocates for children say there's a lot to consider for the quality of education as well as the safety of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has issued guidance for school reopening, but with the deadline closing ...Read More

Election experts say vote by mail will increase civic participation among front-line workers who pull 12- to 72-hour shifts and can't always make it to physical polling sites. (US Navy)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A majority of American voters - 58% - say vote by mail should be available to everyone in the upcoming November election due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent Politico and Morning Consult poll. Sylvia Albert, director of voting and elections with Co ...Read More

Many retailers who have made the switch from brick-and-mortar to online-only sales during the pandemic are relying heavily on their local postal service. (Adobe Stock)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina's small businesses say they are relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help get them get through the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring their products and supplies are delivered on time. The agency recently has made several operational changes, including the reductio ...Read More

Around 60% of Kentucky schools provide students with free breakfast and lunch. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- School districts across the state are navigating how to ensure kids are being fed as school reopening is delayed or learning is shifted entirely online for fall. According to federal data, around 600,000 Kentucky kids are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch. That's about 8 ...Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for individuals seeking help for substance abuse. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Arkansas $4 million in grants to help combat the opioid epidemic. Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas each rec ...Read More

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic 1 in 4 U.S. renters was spending more than half his or her income on housing, according to the Aspen Institute. (Tumisu/Pixbay)

LAS VEGAS -- About one-third of all Americans rent their homes. And a new report from the Aspen Institute shows the pandemic-related unemployment crisis could mean eviction for more than 40% of those households without additional relief measures. Nevada is behind only Alabama among states where re ...Read More

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