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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: August 12, 2020

Native American students have faced long-standing education disparities. But their parents face a harder choice in dealing with distance-learning challenges, or sending them to school from families are more vulnerable to coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

HAYWARD, Wis. -- Educators have raised fears about reopening classrooms during a pandemic - concerns that are amplified for schools in Native American communities with higher rates of COVID infection. A Wisconsin tribal school is weighing those concerns with other barriers for students. Superintend ...Read More

Some small businesses are heavily reliant on the U.S. Postal Service to get product to customers during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Operational changes intended to help the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service save money aren't going over well with some small-business owners in Missouri and other states. Recent modifications, including the end of overtime for workers, have led to numerous reports of d ...Read More

While most public schools in South Dakota will provide in-person learning this fall, many schools on Native American reservations have opted for distance learning. (Adobe Stock)

LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- Native American educators say they're in a tough bind in preparing for classes this fall. Their communities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and one South Dakota tribal school says it isn't taking any chances. Schools on the Lower Brule Reservation serve about 300 K-through-12 ...Read More

Currently 93,000 essential workers in Colorado get their health coverage through Medicaid. (Paul Sableman/Flickr)

DENVER -- Medicaid rolls are expected to increase by 500,000 people in Colorado during the pandemic, which could wreak havoc on the state budget unless Congress approves additional relief. Adela Flores-Brennan, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said one in three Colorad ...Read More

Classes in Boise will be held virtually for at least the first three weeks of the new school year. (Mariia Korneeva/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Working parents face tough decisions as the school year starts, including who will care for their children while they attend school virtually. Taryn Yates, grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, has a 5-year-old entering kindergarten next week in Boise, where schools are ...Read More

A growing body of evidence suggests that, in addition to improving circulation and bone strength, regular walking also can boost mental health. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More Americans say walking has been their preferred method of exercise since the pandemic began, according to a new survey by UnitedHealthcare. One in five adults says COVID-19 also has prompted them to reach for healthier foods and improve their eating habits. Rebecca Madsen, chi ...Read More

Nearly 40% of all poll-worker jobs in Maryland were vacant as of last week, mostly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Facing a shortage of poll workers because of the pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan has given the go-ahead to use "voting centers" in Maryland, in place of 1,600 local polling sites for the Nov. 3 presidential election. The voting centers will be in about 360 locations, including high sch ...Read More

The guidelines use public health data to determine if Pennsylvania schools should have in-person or online instruction. (tanaonte/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools have new, science-based metrics to guide them in deciding whether they should open for classroom instruction. The recommendations, issued Monday by the state departments of Health and Education, use weekly rates of COVID infection by population and percent of ...Read More

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